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People injured as mezzanine floor collapses at east London bar | London

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Seven people have been rescued from the Two More Years bar in east London, and a number of people have been treated at the scene and taken to hospital after a mezzanine floor collapsed at the venue.

Emergency services are dealing with the incident. London fire brigade (LFB) said firefighters were called to a ceiling collapse at a pub in Roach Road, Hackney Wick.

The LFB said crews were called at 4.50pm and firefighters are still on the scene.

Three fire engines from Homerton, Bethnal Green and Leyton fire stations, and two rescue units from East Ham and Edmonton stations, are at the scene.

London ambulance service (LAS) said it sent a number of resources to Roach Road and crews were treating patients at the scene.

A man who was in the venue at the time told the PA news agency: “There was just this sort of cracking sort of noise and dust started coming down. Me and my friend just ran to the side and the whole thing just came down in a matter of seconds.”

The man said it was lucky that there were not more people sitting directly under the mezzanine floor that came down. He saw one person being brought out on a stretcher and put into an ambulance, but he said most of the injured appeared to have cuts and bruises rather than anything serious.

An LAS spokesperson said: “We were called at 4.44pm today to Roach Road, Hackney Wick, to reports that part of a building had collapsed. We have sent a number of resources to the scene. Crews are treating patients at the scene and are working closely with emergency services colleagues. More information to follow.”

Rushanara Ali, Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, tweeted: “Very concerned about the collapse of part of a building at Roach Road #fishisland.

“My thoughts are with all those affected and their loved ones. Grateful to Ldn-Ambulance and TowerHamletsNow emergency response services for their support at this time.”

A police cordon has since been lifted.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/feb/12/people-injured-as-mezzanine-floor-collapses-at-east-london-bar