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Shoppers in a Rutherglen store had a lucky escape when part of the ceiling fell in.
The incident happened on Thursday January 21st at the Home Bargains store in Rutherglen Exchange Shopping Centre.
Customers watching in horror as part of the roof fell to the floor near the cash desks.
Thankfully no-one was injured, although several shoppers were left severely shaken after the incident, which forced the store to close until Saturday.
One shopper, from Cambuslang, was in with her husband when it happened.
She said: “We were at the checkout and we were actually quite frustrated with the woman in front of us who was really taking her time. Suddenly there was an almighty crash and we turned around to see part of the concrete ceiling had come down.
“It was a miracle no-one was hurt. If the woman in front of us had been a bit quicker then she could have been underneath it, or we could have been underneath it even. We were only a couple of yards from it
“The look on everyone’s faces was just of pure relief that no-one had been hit. My first reaction was to worry about the electrical cables hanging, I just thought it was going to go up in flames.
“Staff were really on the button, they came out and quickly asked if anyone was hurt, but I don’t think anyone knew what to do really.”
A spokesperson from Home Bargains said: “We can confirm that on Thursday, January 21, a section of the suspended ceiling did fall through into the store.
"The store was immediately closed to the public, purely as a precautionary measure to allow a full investigation and the necessary safety checks to be completed before the store was allowed to reopen on Saturday, January 23.
“No one was injured and the affected area remains cordoned off until remedial works are completed by the landlord.”
Centre manager Jane Cowan confirmed the incident was now being investigated.
She said: “The incident on Thursday 21 was mortar came loose on a column within Home Bargains, thankfully, not harming anyone though shaking up staff and customers alike.
“Our building surveyor attended the property to review the damage. As an interim measure the area around the column has been cordoned off, the remaining loose mortar had been remove.
“Our building engineer said that their initial impression is that failure has been caused by a failed historic mortar patch repair (opposed to concrete) that has not been correctly bonded to the concrete forming the column. There is no steel reinforcement showing through the affected area of the column which appears to back up this initial conclusion. There also does not appear to be water ingress in the area.
“The area has now been secured and fully sealed off allowing for normal trade to take place.”