FIRE crews were called to a property in East Cowes this morning (Thursday) after a boulder damaged a roof and injured a person.

Crews from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called to the address in Clarence Road at around 4.30am.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: "We were called to a roof that had been damaged by a boulder that we believe was carried by the wind and fell onto the roof of a property.

"One person was hurt and handed over to the care of the ambulance service.

"Building control have now attended and the scene has been made safe.

"We sent one appliance from East Cowes, but that crew has now left the scene."

UPDATE FRIDAY: The Isle of Wight Council has said that the building has been made safe.

A spokesperson for the council said: "We have assessed the building and asked the owners to make the roof safe by removing loose slates damaged by dislodged coping stones.

"We have also advised the owner to assess the stability of the remaining coping stones on both the rear and the front of the building, with any replacement copings to be mechanically fixed.

"They have engaged a contractor who we understand is erecting a scaffold to carry out the necessary assessment and works."

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