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An old residential building on Ekambareswarar Koil, Agraharam Street in Park Town, that collapsed on Monday morning.— Photo: R. Ragu
An old residential building on Ekambareswarar Koil, Agraharam Street in Park Town, that collapsed on Monday morning.— Photo: R. Ragu

A house in Park Town, said to be over 100 years old, collapsed partially on Monday morning injuring five persons, including the owner. Police said the condition of the injured persons is stable. The wife of the owner, who was inside the building, escaped unhurt.

The accident occurred at 11.45 a.m. when a portion of the wall on the first floor of the house belonging to Hansraj (75), located on Ekambareswarar Koil, Agraharam Street in Mahaveer Market, came down crashing.

“The huge wall came down in a second and a tempo driver walking on the road was trapped under the debris. Other sections of the building followed suit,” said V. Siva, an employee of a shop in the market, who witnessed the incident.

Bystanders and shopkeepers rushed in and pulled out the man, later identified as Durairaj (35) who had parked his vehicle in the market and was walking towards a shop, Siva said.

Elephant Gate police said a few workers were involved in demolishing a section of the house.

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