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A DIY enthusiast who has spent the last year doing up his Victorian home woke yesterday to discover it collapsing around him and his family. Mechanic David Page and his wife Carol, were alerted to the disaster when their two children ran into the bedroom shouting: "Wake up, quick - the house is falling down."

The front and side wall of the semi-detached home in Sholing, Southampton, crumbled as the family ran to safety, leaving holes in the brickwork and rupturing a gas pipe. Carol and her son Ryan, 13, moved in with Mr Page and his daughter Vicki, 12, after the couple were married. He said: "It all happened really fast ... The kids came running in shouting that the house was collapsing - it was like an earthquake."