Cars crushed by falling bricks in severe gale

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One of the crushed cars being towed away

By Richard Torné

Two vehicles were badly damaged by falling masonry on Turre’s main high street during last weekend’s strong winds.

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday (March 24) when part of a terrace wall on a four-storey block collapsed some 15 metres above street level.

One of the cars, a silver Nissan X-Trail which had been parked close to the brick-clad building, suffered extensive damage and had to be towed away.

A number of other vehicles were also slightly damaged, but no-one was injured.

A resident who had parked behind one of the badly damaged cars said he heard a noise “like a bomb going off”, adding that the incident could have been far more serious had it happened during the day on what is normally a busy high street.

The four-storey building dates from the 1980s. Turre’s fire chief, Paco Flores, told this paper that any remaining loose bricks were removed, but that firemen were subsequently called out to deal with a fire in Cuevas del Almanzora and were unable to carry out a more detailed inspection of the building.

The state met office reported gusts of more than 90 kilometres an hour in Garrucha at the time and followed an orange weather alert from the regional government – the second highest warning after red.

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