Wetherspoons pub roof collapses injuring drinkers after huge bang and crash

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Pub-goers panicked when the ceiling of a Wetherspoons pub collapsed injuring two women.

Drinkers enjoying an evening bevy were forced to take cover and run to safety when the roof at Manchester's Princess Street pub caved in scattering debris across them.

The freak incident happened at around 9pm on Monday when witnesses heard a 'big bang' and crash.

Fire crews and police were called and drinkers were asked to leave the pub as shocked drinkers spilled out into the busy street.

Two women were taken to hospital to be checked over and another four were also checked at the scene.

Wetherspoons has since confirmed that plaster work fell onto 6 customers when the ceiling came down above tables 32-34.

Four other people were assessed by a fire service trauma technician and paramedics at the scene.

Police said there were no serious injuries.

Witness Ross Austin, who was dining at the city centre free house, run by JD Wetherspoon, told the Manchester Evening News how punters were "shocked" by the commotion.

"All I heard was a big bang and crash from the roof collapsing.

"I was in the other room at the time and everyone looked shocked and I think no one was hurt but we were all told to go outside," Ross said. "We didn't expect that to happen. The staff looked shocked, as we didn't expect that to happen. I left after that."

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: "Just after 8.45pm on Monday July 12, firefighters were called to reports of a partially collapsed ceiling within a building on Princess Street, Manchester.

"Two fire engines from Manchester Central and Salford fire stations, as well as the Technical Rescue Unit from Leigh, quickly attended the incident.

"Fire crews are working alongside colleagues from Greater Manchester Police to make the scene safe.

"Four people were assessed at the scene by a fire service trauma technician and paramedics.

"Two women have been taken to hospital for precautionary checks by the North West Ambulance Service.

"GMFRS crews remain in attendance."

A Spokesman for the Wetherspoons confirmed all customers were assessed by paramedics, and two taken to hospital.

He added: "Plaster work fell onto 6 customers. The pub was evacuated by police and fire service. The area was made safe for staff to be allowed back in. Fire service survey has deemed the building cannot be opened to customers and referred to dangerous building inspector."

He said a full review is due to be carried out by a property manager this morning.

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