‘I saw bricks fall­ing’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - EARTH­QUAKE - THE VIC­TIMS -

CAN­TER­BURY Road newsagent Ling­ham Gnanasc­garn watched bricks tum­ble past his win­dow as Satur­day’s earth­quake shook his house.

Mr Gnanasc­garn’s yard was lit­tered with shat­tered bricks and his roof was left with rub­ble hang­ing off the edge.

He said: “I was work­ing in the shop when I heard a noise of what I thought was some- thing fall­ing down­stairs. I went up­stairs and saw pictures on the floor and I then saw bricks fall­ing past the win­dow.”

He added: “I took my chil­dren out­side. Ev­ery­body else had come out. We didn’t un­der­stand what was go­ing on.”

Mr Gnanasc­garn and his fam­ily were evac­u­ated to the ad­ja­cent Sal­va­tion Army cen­tre, re­turn­ing home at 7pm.

Newsagent Ling­ham Gnanasc­garn sur­veys the dam­age to his Can­ter­bury Road shop

Thomas Wil­liams of Can­ter­bury Road, with the rem­nants of his chim­ney out­side his house, following the earth­quake

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