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Will Self Escapes Roof Collapse At £1m Home
Author Will Self's home was one of a row of £1m houses left in ruins when their roofs collapsed.
The writer and broadcaster escaped along with his two sons after the unexplained incident destroyed his and four neighbours' Georgian townhouses in Stockwell, south London.
Speaking after the collapse, he told the Evening Standard: "It was like the front of my house fell off.
"I got the children out to the back of the property because it was all about to go.
"Once things had stopped falling off I got them out through the front door. Somebody could have been killed."
His wife, Guardian columnist Deborah Orr, tweeted: "Look what happened to my house while I was at the pub for 20 minutes. Our house and neighbouring houses are OVER. But no one was hurt."
She later added: "No one knows what caused it yet, but it's emergency services central. Helicopters, the lot."
Although no official explanation has been provided, reports have suggested the incident may have been the result of "wear and tear" or the sudden increase in temperature.