A police cordon will remain after seven people were evacuated in a roof collapse.

Diversions have been in place all day since fire crews were called to the roof collapse at Blackhorse Road in Walthamstow at 9.40am today.

Bus routes including the 158, 230 and W11 are being rerouted in the area.

Waltham Forest Council says that a cordon will remain in place while contractors make urgent repairs and “any dangers to the public is removed”.

No time estimate has been given on how long this could take.



Firefighters led a woman to safety after most of the roof of the building collapsed into the loft space.

Four adults and two children were evacuated from adjacent properties and a 25-metre cordon was put in place as a precaution.

The London Fire Brigade says the incident was over for firefighters by 12.27pm.

A London Ambulance spokesperson said that one woman was assessed at the scene, but she required no medical attention.

Two fire engines from Walthamstow Fire Station and a fire rescue unit from Edmonton Fire Station attended the scene.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Due to the swift actions of the emergency services there have been no injuries following the partial house collapse on Blackhorse Road. The council has provided advice and support to those displaced by the incident.”