Woman's shock as front of building collapses
A Manchester woman has spoken of her shock after the front of a two-storey building collapsed just metres away from her.
Vanessa Dixon caught the whole episode on camera in a street in Ashton under Lyne, Greater Manchester.
It happened when a workman on a cherry picker was trying to take some bricks out of the top of the wall because it was bowing and had become unsafe.
But as he removed the top left section, the whole wall then came crashing down in front of stunned onlookers.
Ms Dixon had gone to the scene after hearing there was a dangerous building on the outskirts of the town centre.
She said: "I thought blimey. He (the workman) was lucky. The wall went straight down. It could have come forward and then it would have fallen onto him."
Ms Dixon, who was behind a barrier, added: "I think he was stunned. He was still stood there with a crowbar like he was frozen."
The ground floor of the building used to be a store, but it is thought to have been unoccupied for some time and nobody is believed to have been inside at the time of the collapse.