Devon

Dawlish mud and straw house in collapse

Dawlish Image copyright STEVe Briers
Image caption The house was undergoing renovation work when it collapsed at about 16:00 BST

A house built of compacted mud and straw has partially collapsed in a Devon seaside town.

No-one was in the traditional cob-built terraced house in Brook Street, Dawlish when it collapsed.

A number of nearby residents have been evacuated while engineers from Teignbridge Council assess the safety of the house.

The house was undergoing renovation work when it collapsed at about 16:00 BST.

Neighbour Jason Sandland said: "The scaffolding twisted and collapsed on the street but luckily there was no-one on the street, which is usually quite busy."

Thousands of cob houses and farm buildings survive in the South West, some dating from the 14th Century.

Image copyright Alfie Binyon
Image caption A number of nearby residents have been evacuated

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