Seven people rescued after mezzanine floor collapses in London bar

A number of people have been taken to hospital.

12 February 2022

Seven people have been rescued after a mezzanine floor collapsed at a London bar and restaurant.

The incident happened on Saturday evening at Two More Years in Roach Road, Hackney Wick, east London.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said a number of people were treated at the scene and taken to hospital after crews were called at 4.50pm, while around 50 people left before firefighters arrived.

A man who was in the venue at the time told the PA news agency: “There was just this sort of cracking sort of noise and dust started coming down.

“Me and my friend just ran to the side and the whole thing just came down in a matter of seconds.”

The man said it was lucky there were not more people sitting directly under the mezzanine floor that came down.

He saw one person being brought out on a stretcher and put into an ambulance, but he said most of the injured appeared to have cuts and bruises rather than anything serious.

Two More Years incident – Hackney
The scene inside Two More Years (PA)

LFB station commander Sacha Clement, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters carried out a systematic search of the building and rescued seven people from inside.

“They were trapped on the remaining part of the mezzanine floor and crews used a ladder to bridge between the floor and the internal staircase to get them safely out of the building.

“We are working with our emergency services partners, and a number of people have been treated at the scene and taken to hospital.”

Three fire engines from Homerton, Bethnal Green and Leyton fire stations and two rescue units from East Ham and Edmonton stations were sent to the scene.

Two More Years incident – Hackney
Emergency services outside Two More Years (PA)

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 4.44pm today to Roach Road, Hackney Wick, to reports that part of a building had collapsed.

“We have sent a number of resources to the scene.

“Crews are treating patients at the scene and are working closely with emergency services colleagues. More information to follow.”

Rushanara Ali, Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, tweeted: “Very concerned about the collapse of part of a building at Roach Road #fishisland.

“My thoughts are with all those affected and their loved ones. Grateful to @Ldn_Ambulance and @TowerHamletsNow emergency response services for their support at this time.”

The Metropolitan Police said they were called by the LAS at 4.47pm to reports of a partial building collapse at a pub.

A police cordon has since been lifted.

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