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999 call to a building collapse in Dean Farrar St, SW1

The Service was called at 4.06pm yesterday to reports that a building had collapsed in Dean Farrar Street, SW1.

Two ambulance crews, a hazardous-area support vehicle and team, two paramedics in fast-response cars, a paramedic on a motorbike, a trauma-trained doctor from the air ambulance team, and two duty-managers were dispatched to the scene.

Shortly after the collapse paramedics treated a woman, believed to be a passer-by,  for minor injuries and took her to St. Thomas’ Hospital.

Shortly before 2am today, ambulance staff assessed the condition of a 21-year-old man who had been extricated from the rubble of the building. Paramedics treated the man, who had been conscious and talking throughout his nine-hour entrapment, for serious leg injuries.

Once the paramedics had stabilised the man’s condition, they transported him by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, for further treatment.

The ambulance crew and a duty station officer who had remained on stand-by at the scene have been stood down in the last hour.

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