A family have been left homeless after their house was destroyed because of building work being carried out on the property next door.
Two of the children’s bedrooms and a kitchen collapsed, with possessions scattered across the road.
Fortunately, the family who live at the property with three children, were away at the time and nobody was injured.
Emergency services were called to Claremont Road in Rugby, Warwickshire, after part of the terraced property came down on Tuesday evening.
The family have been placed in a hotel until new accommodation can be found.
Residents said the collapse was so loud, that it ‘sounded like a bomb going off’.
Neighbour Laura Evans, 33, said: ‘I just heard this almighty bang, like a bomb going off and could see dust rising into the air. It was pretty scary.’
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and Warwickshire Police attended the scene to secure the area and put road closures in place.
Structural engineers were also on the scene to examine the property after Rugby Borough Council launched an investigation.
One family member, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘It was a shocking experience and no one is accepting liability.
‘Our landlord is confused what is covered by his building insurance and the contractor doesn’t want to accept liability.’
A fundraising page has been launched for the family by a friend which has so far raised £320.
The friend of the family wrote: ‘The children only have their uniforms and school bag with them.
‘Imagine their shock coming from home from school seeing their house in ruins.
‘They are renting and do not have content insurance, not many people who rent think of this.’
A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said: ‘Officers from Warwick Building Control arrived on site at a property in Claremont Road at around 7pm yesterday after receiving a report a two-storey extension on a terraced property had collapsed.
‘Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Warwickshire Police attended the scene. The area was secured and a partial road closure put in place
‘At 2am this morning, the gable end of the property collapsed. The property was empty throughout and nobody was injured.
‘Officers from Warwick Building Control have launched an investigation into the cause of the collapse and have a site meeting with a structural engineer this morning to assess the property.’
A spokesperson for Warwickshire County Council said: ‘We can confirm that the only road closure currently in place is that of Claremont Road, between the junction of Wells Street and Tom Brown Street.
‘At this time, we are unable to confirm the length of the closure. We will however be liaising with building control officers until such time the property is deemed safe.
‘In addition to the above, we are also arranging additional Traffic Management including heras fencing to improve the cordon around the collapse.’
A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police added: ‘We don’t believe there was anything suspicious about the incident.’