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Building ‘about to collapse’ in Kilburn High Road warn locals

PUBLISHED: 17:20 02 June 2020 | UPDATED: 09:21 03 June 2020

People are told to avoid Kilburn High Road as building on verge of collapsing. PIcture: @LifeInKilburn

People are told to avoid Kilburn High Road as building on verge of collapsing. PIcture: @LifeInKilburn

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People are being told to avoid Kilburn High Road as a building is “about to collapse”.

A structurally unsound building in Kilburn High Road. PIcture: @LifeInKilburnA structurally unsound building in Kilburn High Road. PIcture: @LifeInKilburn

People are being told to avoid Kilburn High Road as a building is “about to collapse”.

The building at 262 Kilburn High Road is structurally unsound where fire crews were called to on June 1.

@LifeinKilburn tweeted: “All workers at 262 Kilburn high road have been asked to flee the side as building about to collapse.

“The road will not reopen until the structure is safe. Avoid KHR.”

A spokesperson for Transport for London said: “There is a local road closure in place and a few of our bus routes are on diversion.”

Endri Banaj, who lives in a two-bedroom flat within the building with his fiance Flutura Hodaj, 27, and cousin Elton Shabanaj, 23, was last night having to find somewhere else for them to sleep.

The 30-year-old said: “The front wall in front of the house has been moving. Yesterday (May 31) there was a big crack and the problem escalated and the landlord called the fire brigade. An engineer came yesterday and started moving the front part of the building to see what’s going on.

“It’s getting worse and has created a big gap.

“The main problem now is where to go. The landlord has offered somewhere far away like Hendon but I’m trying to find accommodation next to Kilburn.

“It’s not easy. If I’ve no other option there’s nothing we can do.”

Endri has been furloughed from his job in hospitality.

“Today we picked some stuff from our house but don’t know where to go. The engineer said they can find us accommodation but in the middle of coronavirus I’m concerned. Not many landlords will want to help at this time. I will try to figure it out.”

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Fire crews were called to the address yesterday afternoon after armed police had swarmed into the area following reports of a man with a gun.

A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm in the unrelated event.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said an engine from West Hampstead Fire Station was called at 3.23pm and stayed until 7.44pm adding: “Firefighters were called to reports of a building facia in a precarious position at a row of shops and flats on Kilburn High Road.

“Crews evacuated people from the first, second and third floors of the building and implemented a 20m cordon.”

They added that the case was “handed over to Camden Council as their dangerous structures engineer attended”.

A spokesperson for Camden Council said that the building is privately owned adding: “Our engineers are on site to assess the building’s structural condition.

“Working with the police, we have closed a section of Kilburn High Road while this takes place.”

This story will continue to be updated.


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