Rugby collapsed home demolished: Family 'heartbroken'
A father has said it is "heartbreaking" to see his family home demolished after it partially collapsed.
The Ilustre family were not inside their rented house on Claremont Road, in Rugby, when the gable end of the property came down on 11 September.
Araial Ilustre said his family's life had been completely changed.
Among the rubble of their former home, he was able to find some of their belongings, including a shoe and his daughter's rag doll.
After the collapse, NHS workers Araial, wife Mel and their three children, were found council accommodation with furniture provided by a charity.
Rugby Borough Council said an investigation had been launched into the cause of the collapse.
Martin Pitcher, from the estate agency that managed the property, said construction work had been taking place on the site next to the house, but the cause of the collapse was not yet known.
Mr Ilustre said he was "glad" his family was safe, but his children had been struggling with what happened.
"Everybody is in shock," he said.
"It is hard for the kids because the house that they know for five years is gone in an instant.
"We have made lots of memories here, in this house, and all of it lost now, or most of them lost now."
Mr Ilustre also extended his thanks to the community for the support it had given the family and said he hoped they would be able to "pay it forward" in future.
"It is really heartbreaking to come and see it at the moment," he added.
"And it happened all of a sudden, suddenly our lives changed."
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