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'Almighty rumble' as side of Camborne house crumbles on Tehidy Road

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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A STREET was shaken when part of a house collapsed near Camborne early yesterday.

The family had moved out the day before after cracks began to appear in the walls and at 5am, an "almighty rumble" woke a neighbour.

A mineshaft in the neighbouring property's garden had opened up a few years ago, according to residents, and a huge crack had recently appeared on the wall of the now collapsed house.

One wall of the semi-detached property, on the corner with Eastern Lane, has fallen across the road.

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The bathroom of the home was left exposed after the walls fell away. A gaping hole is left where the front door used to be.

Postmistress at Tehidy Stores, Barbara Beach, said Cormac, Cornwall Council's arms-length engineering company, were on site yesterday investigating the property.

She said that "a number of years ago" a mineshaft had opened up in the property next door that has since been cordoned off.

She told the West Briton: "The sound woke me up, it was as if a couple of huge lorries were passing by, it was an almighty rumble.

"At first I thought it can't be anything more, but then seeing it in the morning, I was shocked.

"I am not aware of anyone being in the home. I think it must have been empty and a miracle no one was injured.

"But the mineshaft next door definitely opened up some time last year. It was cordoned off but I can't recall any other work being done on it."

Strewn rubble has forced the closure of the road.

A spokesman from Cornwall Council confirmed the house had fallen into a mine and an engineer was on site investigating. The property was unoccupied.

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