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Four injured after crane collapses on house in Bow, east London

July 08, 2020

Four people are believed to be injured after a crane collapsed on a house in east London, with firefighters involved in a "complex rescue operation".

London Fire Brigade tweeted: "A 20 meter crane has collapsed onto a terraced house in #Bow. Fire crews are working to free people trapped inside. Please avoid the area."

It is not clear yet whether those people have been rescued.

Police said they had received reports that four people were injured after they were called out at around 2.39pm.

A number of crews and "specialist resources" are at the scene, tweeted London Ambulance Service.

Pictures show firefighters with ladders propped up against a house with most of its roof destroyed, while aerial images show how the twisted crane smashed into the building.

"A 20-metre crane has collapsed on to a block of flats under development and into two terraced houses on Compton Close," said London Fire Brigade's assistant commissioner Graham Ellis.

"Our urban search and rescue crews are undertaking a complex rescue operation and using specialist equipment to search the properties.

"This is a multi-agency response and is likely to be a protracted incident. I would ask people to avoid the area."

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