Friday 24 November 2017

Couple woken by crashing ice block

Damage caused to Vince Foote's flat in Chichester after a huge block of ice crashed through his roof as he and his wife slept
Damage caused to Vince Foote's flat in Chichester after a huge block of ice crashed through his roof as he and his wife slept

A couple had a shock after a huge block of ice crashed through their roof as they slept.

Flat-owner Vince Foote and his wife were asleep when the ice, believed to have fallen from an aircraft, smashed a 2ft hole in the roof.

Tiles and debris were scattered 30ft due to the impact at Summerdale Court in Chichester, West Sussex, officials at West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said.

Mr Foote said: "I thought at first it was thunder and I got up to investigate. I tried to open the spare bedroom door and it wouldn't move.

"When I forced it open, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. There was an enormous hole in both the roof and bedroom ceiling and there were great chunks of ice everywhere.

"My wife and I are in a state of shock, but we also feel like we've had a lucky escape. The ice smashed through the room our grandchildren sleep in when they visit, which is a terrifying thought.

"It is such a freak incident, but it could have been so much worse. Tiles and roof debris have been scattered nearly 30ft so I don't want to imagine the force with which it hit."

Pete Windsor, of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This is one of the strangest incidents we've been called to.

"We are just relieved that nobody was hurt and that we were able to offer them some assistance. They have had a miraculous escape really."

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