Shocking moment Military barracks ceiling collapses and water pours into chamber as soldiers watch in horror
It’s the shocking moment when the ceiling of a British Army barracks collapsed sending cascading water onto the ground.
Large pieces of debris fall from the ceiling of military quarters as a soldier films the wreckage as it falls.
As part of the ceiling collapsed near a cupboard, water was heard spilling onto the floor at the Wattisham flight station in Suffolk.
A soldier filming the collapse is heard moaning “no” as another piece of the ceiling falls.
Part of the two-room ceiling collapsed after an incident involving the station’s heating system, a military spokesperson said.
Soggy carpets were to be torn down and dehumidifiers installed to help dry rooms after the incident.
The base houses the attack helicopters of the British Army, the Apaches3 Regiment Army Air Corps and the 4th Regiment Army Air Corps.
It comes after reports that hundreds of British Army soldiers and their families have been forced to live in squalid houses covered in mold and stained with urine.
The National Audit Office (NAO) has warned that urgent repairs worth Â£ 1.5bn are needed for the Defense Ministry in its “substandard housing”.
A NAO report last year found that more than a third of the 80,000 servicemen and women living in MoD-subsidized housing lived in “substandard” conditions.
Conditions were so bad in one house that a wife said they were handed fliers about “Legionnaires’ disease, asbestos and dampness” when they moved in, MailOnline reports.
Tenants also reported leaking pipes three times before their ceiling collapsed in the middle of the night.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has unveiled a Â£ 200million housing fund for armed forces personnel to give them “the standard of living they deserve”.
An NAO survey found that nearly half (49%) of people living in single-family homes were not satisfied with their living conditions.
We are aware of an incident involving the heating system at Wattisham’s flight station, which caused part of the two-room ceiling to collapse.
A spokesperson for the Defense Infrastructure Organization
Following the Wattisham incident, a spokesperson for the Defense Infrastructure Organization said: âProviding good quality accommodation for the armed forces is a top priority for the Department of Defense.
“We are aware of an incident involving the heating system at the Wattisham flight station, which caused part of the two-room ceiling to collapse.
âWe are working urgently to repair the damage; the affected rooms have been secured and the occupants have offered alternative accommodation while the issue is resolved.
A service engineer then secured the affected home and isolated the affected heating system.