Dozens evacuated as multi-million pound house collapses on London street

Dozens of people were evacuated from nearby buildings after two houses collapsed on an exclusive London street.

Shortly before 11.34pm last night two terraced houses which were being converted into one fell down in Durham Place, Chelsea.

London Fire Brigade rushed to the scene and helped evacuate 40 people from nearby buildings.

Police officers set up a cordon on the street, where houses have been sold for as much as £16,000,000 in recent years, according to Right Move.

The websites reports that the home was sold for £1.5million in 2001.

Dramatic photos of the incident show a row of tall, four storey brick homes.

Where one should stand sandwiched between two others now lies a large gap.

Huge amounts of wooden framing and bricks have collapsed downwards.

Upon seeing the collapsed building one person tweeted: “A terrible scene in Chelsea #SW3 this morning, as a mid-terrace house in Durham Place collapses!”

One person speculated: “Basements?!? Such a lovely terrace. Fingers crossed no one hurt”

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Police were called at 23:25hrs on Monday, 2 November, to reports of a building collapsed in Durham Place, SW3.

“The occupants of neighbouring properties have been evacuated as a precaution.

“At this stage, there are no reported injuries and nobody is thought to have been inside the building.

“Emergency services remain at the scene.”