Ceiling collapses on boys playing: Brothers' lucky escape as plaster crashes down at north Hull home
A FAMILY had a lucky escape when a ceiling collapsed on to two brothers as they played.
Julie Davies believes sons Darren, three, and Kristian, four, escaped serious injury by inches.
The drama happened on Saturday while Miss Davies was with her seven-month-old daughter Crystal, in the living room.
Julie, who is four months pregnant, said: "Darren came running downstairs shouting, 'Mummy, mummy, the roof has come down.'
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"I ran upstairs and debris was everywhere, including on Darren's bed.
"The ceiling had come down on top of them. They were covered in dust and bits of plaster.
"The larger bits from the roof had just missed them."
Most of the boys' toys bought for Christmas have been destroyed, she said.
Julie, who moved into the privately rented property five years ago and had recently decorated it, said: "The boys are really upset.
"Everything is ruined."
The family are sleeping in their living room until repairs are done.
Julie, 23, claims the workman employed by the woman who owns the house in Easethorpe, Orchard Park, blamed her for the carnage.
She said: "I was told it was my fault because I had not cleaned the gutters.
"I am four months' pregnant and a single mum of three – how was I supposed to have cleaned them?"
The owner of the property was approached by the Mail last night and asked to comment, but she refused to discuss the situation.
She said: "The tenant can make a formal complaint if she wishes."
Les Bower, owner LB Builders, of east Hull, which is not involved in this case, says gutters should be cleaned regularly.
Mr Bower, who has 42 years' experience in the building trade, said: "It's possible a build-up of water, caused by blocked gullies, could bring down a ceiling.
"The plaster and insulation will keep absorbing water until it can not take no more, then it will collapse.
"Unless it's stated in this woman's rental agreement that she is responsible for getting the gullies cleaned, I'd have thought the owner would be responsible.
"Repairing the damage would cost anywhere from £300 to £500, depending on the size of the hole."