Major structural survey to be carried out after roof collapse at Spar …

A major survey is to be carried out at a Spar store where two people were injured when the roof partially collapsed. Two people were injured when rubble fell into the interior[1] of the shop in Dolgellau[2] in September.

One person had to be pulled to safety[3] as emergency services arrived at the scene. Roads were also blocked off while the area was made safe.

Last month SPAR UK confirmed that all the internal debris had been removed from the store, and today the chain said a full survey of the building will be carried out. As the incident unfolded on September 2 at the Post Office and Spar shop, a loud bang was initially heard.

Part of the internal structure had fallen onto the floor of the building in Plas-yn-Dref Street at about 1pm. About seven weeks later, on October 23, SPAR UK said the debris had been removed.

A spokesman told North Wales Live then: "We have been working hard to ensure the store is accessible to enable the necessary investigations to be carried out safely. The internal debris have now been removed following the incident and work will continue to allow safe access."

And now SPAR UK issued a further update about the damage and repair work, saying a "full structural survey" would be carried out. A spokesman said: "Surveyors and structural engineers have been appointed to project manage the works and a complete full structural survey on the building while specifying the remedial works required."

After the incident it emerged that off-duty firefighter Ernie Hughes, who had been having a pub lunch nearby with his family, rushed to help. Soon after the collapse, the leader of Gwynedd Council[6], Cllr Dyfrig Siencyn said that the owners of the Spar building "have a lot to answer for".

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  2. ^ Dolgellau (
  3. ^ had to be pulled to safety (
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