This was the dramatic scene after a large house in an affluent suburban street collapsed into rubble. The detached home, on a leafy street where properties can fetch over £1 million, crumbled to the ground in the early hours of Monday morning. Dramatic photos taken as daylight broke showed a huge mound of rubble including toppled windows, door frames and hundreds of collapsed bricks in a pile where the house once stood. Just a few walls of the house remain upright, with firefighters estimating that more than three quarters of the building in Kingston Vale has been destroyed.
The house is in Derwent Avenue near Kingston Hill, where houses sold last year for up to £1.8 million and the average price paid for homes is £1,375,000, according to property website Zoopla. The five-bedroom house believed to be the one which collapsed was last listed for sale in April last year for £1.1 million. The Georgian house was described as having three bathrooms, a swimming pool and conservatory. Police were at the site on Monday morning after being called to the scene in south west London at around 1am. The house was undergoing work on the basement and it is thought it collapsed because there was not enough support, an officer with Kingston police said. The local council said the house's owner began building work without their approval and the matter will be referred to the Health and Safety Executive.
A spokesman for the Met said: Kingston officers remain at the scene, and cordons are in place for public safety. Nobody is believed to have been inside the property, which had been undergoing renovation. There are no reports of any injuries.