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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2006, 08:38 GMT 09:38 UK
Workers trapped in house collapse
Building collapse
The workers were trapped under the rubble for about 45 minutes
Two building workers had a lucky escape after a four-storey Victorian building collapsed on top of them.

The pair, who were working on the house in Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester, were buried in debris when the upper floors gave way yesterday.

Up to 20 firefighters worked for about 45 minutes to free the men with the help of paramedics.

One man walked away and the other was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital with suspected fractures to both legs.

Colleagues of the men at the scene said their workmates were "lucky to be alive".

Investigation started

Richard Poole, 26, who lives opposite the site, said he heard the crash of the wall coming down.

He said: "There was a rumble and the sound of falling masonry and then this huge bang.

"You could hear people screaming and shouting and I went to the window and saw lots of builders running to help."

Wilmslow Road was closed from Fogg Lane to Ballbrook Court while building inspectors examined the site.

The Health and Safety Executive has started an investigation.




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