Morn­ing es­Cape

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Earthquake: -

Watch man­ager Vic Thoro­good was off duty at the time and at his home in Can­ter­bury Road when the chim­ney fell through his roof.

He man­aged to drag out his chil­dren, aged six and three at the time, who were eat­ing break­fast.

This was de­spite a plume of black smoke cov­er­ing his prop­erty.

He said: “It all came crash­ing into our prop­erty – the roof came through the house and into the liv­ing room. “It wrote ev­ery­thing off. “It de­stroyed all the con­tents of the house – the car­pets, fur­ni­ture, or­na­ments.

“The roof needed re­pair­ing and the chim­ney needed re­build­ing.”

The house was cov­ered by build­ing in­sur­ance which meant that the rel­e­vant re­pairs were cov­ered.

Mr Thoro­good said his fam­ily could not re­turn to their home for weeks un­til it was made safe.

Pic­ture: Mike Pett

Emer­gency ser­vices con­ducted a joint op­er­a­tion to make the town’s roads safe af­ter the earth­quake left many homes un­sta­ble

Pic­ture: Gary Browne

Lo­cal and na­tional me­dia crews de­scended on the area to cover the dra­matic story

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