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Road closed off in Limehouse after masonry crashes 60ft into street

PUBLISHED: 15:49 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:46 07 March 2017

Top floor balcony in Carot House where masonry (circle) collapsed onto street below

Top floor balcony in Carot House where masonry (circle) collapsed onto street below

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A busy street has had to be cordoned off in east London after masonry crashed 60ft onto the pavement from the top-floor balcony of a block of flats.

Structural engineers have been called to the five-storey Carot House in Bow Common Lane on the corner of Thomas Road in Limehouse.

Police closed off part of Thomas Road at 10am which links Bow Common Lane to Burdett Road and is heavily-used by children from two nearby schools.

“I saw masonry on the pavement which had fallen from the balcony,” mother-of-two Victoria Taylor, a nursery-school support assistant living in the next block, told the East London Advertiser.

“It was Lucky no-one was injured. This is a popular road with a lot of children passing in the mornings to go swimming at Stebon School.”

A crew from Poplar fire-station is on standby in case evacuations may be needed. A team from Genesis housing association which owns Carot House is meeting families this-afternoon to advice them not to go out onto their balconies.

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