Mir­a­cle es­cape as bricks crash onto pave­ment

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ [email protected]­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

REV­ELLERS mirac­u­lously es­caped with­out in­jury when bricks fell from the roof of a town cen­tre night­club on Fri­day.

A huge pile of rub­ble was left on West Street when bricks fell from the roof above the three-floored build­ing which houses the Chop House night­club.

The da­m­age oc­curred dur­ing high winds and as the road was busy with pedestrians mov­ing be­tween the var­i­ous bars and clubs along West Street and Scaris­brick Ave.

One South­port woman said that she was just one foot­step away from cer­tain death.

Care worker Danielle Vaughan was out in town with friends and was leav­ing Chop House when the bricks came fall­ing down.

She said: “I still can’t get my head around it. It was ridicu­lous.

“We only nipped in there for a minute and when we were go­ing, one more foot­step and we’ve have been dead.

“Just one more step and there was no way you would sur­vive that.”

Danielle feared the build­ing was fall­ing down but had no choice to run back in­side to avoid be­ing hit by any more fall­ing de­bris.

She, her part­ner and a friend were then let through a fire exit by a door­man so they could get to safety.

“It was un­be­liev­able, I was still get­ting the dust out of my eyes the next day.

“Me and my fella left my daugh­ter with my nan, if we’d been a step fur­ther she would have lost us both.”

Po­lice taped off the road af­ter the in­ci­dent, leav­ing the mound of bricks on show to passers-by. Once the da­m­age was cleared, Chop House was able to re­open the fol­low­ing night.

Brick­work fell to the ground out­side the Chop House in West Street on Fri­day

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