03/05/2016 15:04 BST

Sinkhole 60ft Deep Opens Up Outside Homes In Plumstead, London

48 residents had to be relocated.

Dozens of people had to be evacuated from their homes after a sinkhole opened up in London on Monday.

The sinkhole, which is believed to be about 60ft deep, opened up in front of homes on Brickfield Cottages, off Kings Highway in Plumstead.

As a precaution, a 25-metre hazard zone was put in place and nearby homes vacated at 3pm.

London Fire Brigade
Homes in Plumstead had to be vacated after a sinkhole opened up.

A total of 48 residents have been relocated, staying with family, friends or in hotel accommodation. 

The cause of the 5-by-5-metre hole is unknown.

Greenwich Council is working with structural engineers and Hexagon Housing to establish what caused the sinkhole.

A Greenwich Council spokesperson said: "We worked quickly with the emergency services and Hexagon Housing to evacuate residents at risk.

"Residents were given assistance at a council rest centre and Hexagon Housing provided overnight accommodation.

"Structural engineers are working to secure the site as a matter of urgency and residents will be allowed to return as soon as it is safe to do so.

"In the interim, the site is being protected with the support of local police.

"The Royal Borough of Greenwich would like to strongly commend the rapid response of the emergency services who worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth evacuation.

"We are now working very closely with structural engineers and Hexagon Housing to ascertain what led to this incident; the safety of the borough’s residents is an utmost priority.”

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