STUDENTS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: REPORT ON SHEFFIELD BUILDING COLLAPSE

'... Students were lucky to be alive after a section of the roof fell through on to the top floor of the Broad Lane flats in Sheffield city centre.

A man and a woman were taken to hospital following the incident at 2.30 pm on Saturday [23rd March], while another 30 were checked over by paramedics at the scene.

Inspectors from national watchdog the Health and Safety Executive have visited the scene, which remains cordoned off. Sheffield Council has confirmed the former home of Butler's Balti House, which sits in the middle of a row of shops, will be knocked down for safety reasons.

Sheffield Homes organised emergency accommodation for the people living in the building.

Initial reports suggested the dramatic collapse was caused by a gas explosion, but emergency services now believe an attempt to knock down a supporting wall led to the devastation.'

[Sheffield Telegraph, Sunday, 24 March 2013]