Eight people have been injured after a mezzanine floor collapsed at a London bar and restaurant.
The incident happened yesterday evening at Two More Years in Roach Road, Hackney Wick, East London.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) said a number of people were treated at the scene and taken to the hospital after crews were called at 4.50 pm.
A man who was in the venue at the time told the PA news agency: “There was just this sort of cracking sort of noise and dust started coming down.
“I and my friend just ran to the side and the whole thing just came down in a matter of seconds.”
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The man said it was lucky there were not more people sitting directly under the mezzanine floor that came down.
He saw one person being brought out on a stretcher and put into an ambulance, but he said most of the injured appeared to have cuts and bruises rather than anything serious.
LFB station commander Sacha Clement, who is at the scene, said: “Firefighters have carried out a systematic search of the building and rescued eight people from inside.
“They were trapped on the remaining part of the mezzanine floor and crews used a ladder to bridge between the floor and the internal staircase to get them safely out of the building.
“We are working with our emergency services partners, and a number of people have been treated at the scene and taken to hospital.”
Three fire engines from Homerton, Bethnal Green, and Leyton fire stations and two rescue units from East Ham and Edmonton stations are at the scene.
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 4.44 pm today to Roach Road, Hackney Wick, to reports that part of a building had collapsed.
“We have sent a number of resources to the scene.
“Crews are treating patients at the scene and are working closely with emergency services colleagues. More information to follow.”
The Metropolitan Police said they were called by the LAS at 4.47 pm to report a partial building collapse at a pub.
A police cordon has since been lifted.