Man Narrowly Avoids Being Crushed After Building Collapse

An unsuspecting passer-by had a lucky escape when they narrowly avoided being flattened by an avalanche of falling rubble.

CCTV footage caught the incredible moment a man was almost crushed after bricks fell from the cafe just moments later, leaving a cloud of dust and debris in a London suburb.

The shocking footage of the incident on Stoke Newington High Street, was captured by a camera belonging to Alexandra Şöhret Marie Hamit.

Posting the video to her Facebook page, she wrote: "Footage of the roof blowing off on Stoke Newington high street. That guy came so close to meeting his maker!"

Speaking to LADbible, Alexandra said: "It was very, very shocking. Most of the buildings in Stoke Newington are Victorian but you still don't expect something like this to happen.

The man was walking past the cafe just seconds before it collapsed. Credit: Facebook/Alexandra Hamit
The man was walking past the cafe just seconds before it collapsed. Credit: Facebook/Alexandra Hamit

"It was just lucky it was a Sunday and there weren't many pedestrians - also the cafe itself was closed, as were many businesses in the surrounding area. But if that one guy had changed his pattern of walking even for a second he may have had a different outcome.

"I can't see how anyone would have walked away without suffering a significant injury or death from such a huge amount of bricks falling from such a great height."

Since the video was posted yesterday it has been viewed more than 17,000 times and shared more than 400 times.

Commenting on the clip, one person wrote: "Unbelievably lucky escape for those people."

Just a couple of seconds after the man passed the building, an avalanche of bricks fell onto the street. Credit: Facebook/Alexandra Hamit
Just a couple of seconds after the man passed the building, an avalanche of bricks fell onto the street. Credit: Facebook/Alexandra Hamit

Another person simply put: "Holyshitballs!!"

According to reports, London Fire Brigade said no one was injured in the incident, however it took another two hours to clean up all the rubble and debris.

As well as the video, photographs of the aftermath have been doing the rounds, showing an enormous pile of bricks on the pavement, with more scattered across the road.

But this wasn't the only dangerous incident to have happened in the area over the weekend - Alexandra told LADbible that a roof fell from another building on the same day.

She said: "It fell off an crashed onto a car a couple of roads away so it was obviously a bad day for the roofs in Stoke Newington. It was very, very shocking but everyone was pleased that no one was hurt."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Alexandra Hamit

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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