An East Vancouver man says he’s lucky to be alive after the roof of his home collapsed during Friday’s wind storm.
Alan Tang says it was mere chance that he was in the living room when the cave-in happened.
“I’m inside the house, and I hear a boom. I come out and check what happened, and I go to my room… and the ceiling in my room is collapsed.”
The home, near East Pender and Gore Street, is next to ‘Lee’s Benevolent Society’.
A new development, in the middle of construction, is next door.
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Another resident of the home, Neil Birch, says that new development is the reason for the damage.
“It looks like the whole front of the house is sheared off by concrete from a project down the street. And the backhouse is also completely damaged. The ceiling is collapsed and two bedrooms on the top two floor, they are collapsed as well.”
Four people live in the home, which is a rooming house.
Damage can also be seen to Lee’s Society.
So far no word from officials on injuries, although those living in the home say there weren’t any.