A GROUP of 15 students fortunate to be alive after their flats collapsed have been offered counselling to help them come to terms with their ordeal.
The students were living in flats in a building on Broad Lane which was destroyed when the roof gave way, causing the top floor to collapse to the ground floor on Saturday afternoon.
Bystanders said it was a miracle nobody was killed or seriously injured.
One student ended up trapped in the rubble but managed to free himself before firefighters arrived.
Yesterday the collapsed building – now just a pile of rubble – was still cordoned off while Health and Safety Executive officials examined the wreckage to try to establish what caused the incident.
Builders had been working in the property, and a supporting wall there is believed to have been removed.
A spokeswoman for The University of Sheffield said: “Following the incident on Saturday we are supporting the 15 affected University of Sheffield students through offering alternative accommodation and other assistance, including financial, administrative and counselling support as appropriate.
“The authorities are investigating the incident.
“The building involved is privately owned and is not registered as approved University of Sheffield accommodation.”
The flats were in the middle of a terraced row converted into businesses and homes.