Teenaager 'lucky to be alive' as ceiling caves in

Daily Echo: Kyler Young standing underneath the hole where his ceiling collapsed Kyler Young standing underneath the hole where his ceiling collapsed

‘I AM lucky to be alive’.

That is the verdict from a Southampton teenager who escaped almost unharmed when his bedroom ceiling collapsed.

Kyler Young from Tangmere Drive was about to fall asleep when a huge chunk of the ceiling above his head came crashing down, leaving his room scattered with chunks of plaster and debris.

His mum Teresa had concerns for some time that the mould in their three-bedroom house could cause problems, but she had no idea that it would lead to part of the ceiling collapsing.

Kyler spoke of the moment it happened.

He said: “I was about to fall asleep and I just heard a loud creaking noise coming from the attic.”

“I got up and had a look, and then I realised that something was wrong and within minutes of me seeing that, I saw the cracks appearing and water started to seep through.

“I knew I had to get everything out of my room and my friend came in to help me.

“We were in the middle of moving stuff out and it just gave way, it hit me on the head hard and my friend also got hit, but he protected himself with his shoulder.

“I remember it sounding like thunder.

“I could have died if I had stayed in bed and been asleep, as a lot of the plaster ended up where I sleep.”

Fortunately for Kyler, he only had a small bruise on his head, while his friend damaged his shoulder.

Now Kyler is too scared to sleep in his room and feels that the ceiling could cave in at anytime – anywhere in the three-bedroom house.

The family had complained to Western Challenge housing association about mould months before, but due to a family bereavement, had not followed up their complaint.

A statement from Western Challenge said that they had not received an earlier complaint about the property, and that a contractor is now working to make the property safe.

A spokeswoman, said: “From our initial investigation it would appear that debris was lodged in an external roof vent which allowed water to gain access into the roof space and damage the bedroom ceiling.

“We are working with the resident to identify the possible causes of the mould within the room.

“It could be due to a number of factors including condensation through lack of ventilation or a roof leak.”

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2:11pm Fri 7 Feb 14

From the sidelines says...

Another 'deadly bit of plaster-board' story. Good going, Echo.

I'm guessing this is being exaggerated in preparation for a claim against Western Challenge.

Oh, and Kyler Young, man up. Wimp.
Another 'deadly bit of plaster-board' story. Good going, Echo. I'm guessing this is being exaggerated in preparation for a claim against Western Challenge. Oh, and Kyler Young, man up. Wimp. From the sidelines

3:03pm Fri 7 Feb 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

Def over exaggerate by a long way small amount of plaster big deal sound like thunder utter rubbish ... he's nose is getting longer
Def over exaggerate by a long way small amount of plaster big deal sound like thunder utter rubbish ... he's nose is getting longer chimneysweep 1234

3:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

massimoosti says...

Whys he wearing a t shirt obviously 10 sizes too big ?
Whys he wearing a t shirt obviously 10 sizes too big ? massimoosti

9:25pm Fri 7 Feb 14

dolomiteman says...

massimoosti wrote:
Whys he wearing a t shirt obviously 10 sizes too big ?
That's not a TShirt, it is the tent he is sleeping in.

Lucky to be alive eh, so concerned that falling plasterboard was going to kill him he made several trips back into the room to retrieve his property before the killing plasterboard sprung its surprise attack.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: Whys he wearing a t shirt obviously 10 sizes too big ?[/p][/quote]That's not a TShirt, it is the tent he is sleeping in. Lucky to be alive eh, so concerned that falling plasterboard was going to kill him he made several trips back into the room to retrieve his property before the killing plasterboard sprung its surprise attack. dolomiteman

2:09am Sat 8 Feb 14

bluejune62 says...

a complaint was made to western challenge on the 11th nov about leaks in the rooms,they failed to follow up on it ,not after compensation just want the situation sorted,so contractor is working to make it safe,thats funny cause it came down sat 1st feb and hasnt even been touched yet , awaiting specialist team due to asbestos,so still a gapping 2x3 ft hole and yes the noise at 1.30 am was loud and 2 people were injured getting his stuff out as it came down ontop of them and yes it is all over his bed ,as for his t/shirt that belonged to his late grandad.what do you think would have happened had there been stuff packed up there,he wouldnt have had such a lucky escape,anyone else want pick holes???? This is a story about western challenges failure to follow up on reports that could have had far worse ending and lying about it
a complaint was made to western challenge on the 11th nov about leaks in the rooms,they failed to follow up on it ,not after compensation just want the situation sorted,so contractor is working to make it safe,thats funny cause it came down sat 1st feb and hasnt even been touched yet , awaiting specialist team due to asbestos,so still a gapping 2x3 ft hole and yes the noise at 1.30 am was loud and 2 people were injured getting his stuff out as it came down ontop of them and yes it is all over his bed ,as for his t/shirt that belonged to his late grandad.what do you think would have happened had there been stuff packed up there,he wouldnt have had such a lucky escape,anyone else want pick holes???? This is a story about western challenges failure to follow up on reports that could have had far worse ending and lying about it bluejune62

11:47am Sat 8 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

Its ok people mocking this bloke, plaster board is lethal if you .........er.......ch
oke on it?
Its ok people mocking this bloke, plaster board is lethal if you .........er.......ch oke on it? issacchunt

7:43am Sun 9 Feb 14

likewatchingbrazil says...

bluejune62 wrote:
a complaint was made to western challenge on the 11th nov about leaks in the rooms,they failed to follow up on it ,not after compensation just want the situation sorted,so contractor is working to make it safe,thats funny cause it came down sat 1st feb and hasnt even been touched yet , awaiting specialist team due to asbestos,so still a gapping 2x3 ft hole and yes the noise at 1.30 am was loud and 2 people were injured getting his stuff out as it came down ontop of them and yes it is all over his bed ,as for his t/shirt that belonged to his late grandad.what do you think would have happened had there been stuff packed up there,he wouldnt have had such a lucky escape,anyone else want pick holes???? This is a story about western challenges failure to follow up on reports that could have had far worse ending and lying about it
so your not going to claim then?
[quote][p][bold]bluejune62[/bold] wrote: a complaint was made to western challenge on the 11th nov about leaks in the rooms,they failed to follow up on it ,not after compensation just want the situation sorted,so contractor is working to make it safe,thats funny cause it came down sat 1st feb and hasnt even been touched yet , awaiting specialist team due to asbestos,so still a gapping 2x3 ft hole and yes the noise at 1.30 am was loud and 2 people were injured getting his stuff out as it came down ontop of them and yes it is all over his bed ,as for his t/shirt that belonged to his late grandad.what do you think would have happened had there been stuff packed up there,he wouldnt have had such a lucky escape,anyone else want pick holes???? This is a story about western challenges failure to follow up on reports that could have had far worse ending and lying about it[/p][/quote]so your not going to claim then? likewatchingbrazil

3:32pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

Good grief .... funniest story on the Echo website EVAH!
It even surpasses the hilarity of the "blown away" roof on that other sink estate, you know the one with the woman with the kids with ridiculous AmeriKKKan names - Townhill park I think it was! LOL!!!
Good grief .... funniest story on the Echo website EVAH! It even surpasses the hilarity of the "blown away" roof on that other sink estate, you know the one with the woman with the kids with ridiculous AmeriKKKan names - Townhill park I think it was! LOL!!! Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham

8:48pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

Do any other Commentards on this story feel that wearing one's deceased Grandfather's T-shirt is just a little bit, erm .... "strange"?!
Do any other Commentards on this story feel that wearing one's deceased Grandfather's T-shirt is just a little bit, erm .... "strange"?! Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham

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