Workers scatter as wind collapses building…

New Zealand workers “lucky to be alive”.

Demolition workers were moments from being crushed after a gust of wind collapsed part of a building in Hamilton’s central city.

At least one worker dived to safety after a 20 by 4 metre section of roof unexpectedly toppled into the Victoria St site at lunchtime on Monday.

Two people were initially thought to be trapped in the rubble, but were found at the back of the building unharmed, Waikato fire area commander Roy Breeze said.

“They were close enough to be in danger and it was certainly an unexpected collapse,” he said standing outside the cordon on Monday.

“I think we are lucky that no one got seriously injured in this.”

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