Snow in Sheffield brings house down

Handout photo of a house in Barnsley as a family had to be evacuated when the gable end of their house collapsed, apparently under the weight of fresh snow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 26, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Snow. Photo credit should read: Handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo of a house in Barnsley as a family had to be evacuated when the gable end of their house collapsed, apparently under the weight of fresh snow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday January 26, 2013. See PA story WEATHER Snow. Photo credit should read: Handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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A FAMILY of six had a lucky escape when the gable end of their home fell off due to the heavy snow.

Firefighters from Barnsley station were quickly on the scene when the wall of the house in Wood Street, Worsborough, collapsed in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Neighbours said they were woken by a loud crash at about 4am and called 999.

When fire crews arrived they found snow had piled onto a car port at the side of the house, which gave way and brought the gable end of the property down.

Firefighters called gas and electricity services out as a precaution and a building engineer was also called to the scene.

Once the all-clear was given, workmen arrived to board up the hole in the side of the modern semi.

A couple and their four children aged three to 10 were uninjured.

Neighbours said the family have been found temporary accommodation in Stairfoot.

A spokesman for the prorerty’s landlords South Yorkshire Housing Association said: “South Yorkshire Housing Association was alerted to an incident by a resident who called our emergency repairs line, reporting damage to the roof and gable end of their property.

“A member of our home maintenance team was immediately despatched.

“We understand that no-one has been injured as a result of the damage caused.

“Our priority is to ensure that our residents are made safe and comfortable, while we thoroughly investigate this incident.

“Our property services manager and her team are with the residents and are ensuring their safety, while assessing the damage.”

Meanwhile there was heavy snow across South Yorkshire on Friday night into Saturday morning.

Up to 10cm of snow fell in some parts and bus services were affected across the county.

But warmer weather along with rain over night into yesterday melted most of the snow and there were some incidents of surface water flooding.

The A628 Woodhead Pass was described as ‘treacherous’ for motorists yesterday morning due to flood water, although the road was passable.

There was also flooding on the A616 at Midhopestones, Sheffield, the Highways Agency said.