Fire crews were called to a house on Second Avenue in Plaistow yesterday afternoon after a lorry delivering building materials collided with the property.
A crane jib on the back of the lorry hit scaffolding being used to build an extension to the house leaving the lorry tilted in a precarious position. The lorry driver was treated on the scene by London Ambulance Service for whiplash.
Station manager Steve Smith who was at the scene said: “Crews worked quickly to make the area safe and evacuated three neighbouring properties as a precaution. Thankfully no-one was in the house at the time it was hit by the lorry and the builders working on the extension escaped without serious injury.
“Firefighters then covered neighbouring cars and properties with sheeting to protect them from any possible further damage. This was a protracted incident but thanks to careful preparation work it was resolved successfully without any further damage to surrounding homes or any injuries to the public.”
Contractors were brought in to stabilize and recover the lorry and the incident was left with Newham Council and the scaffolding company.
The Brigade was called at 1413 and was over for the Brigade at about 2008. One fire engine from Stratford, a fire rescue unit from East Ham and around ten firefighters attended the incident.