Birmingham gas explosion: what happened in Kingstanding?

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A property in the Kingstanding area of ​​Birmingham was destroyed after a “massive explosion”.



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The blast destroyed a terraced house in the Kingstanding area of ​​Birmingham (Picture: PA)

A man’s life is in danger after a gas explosion destroyed a home in Birmingham.

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Local residents have described scrambling past burning rubble, dust and debris after the blast and pulling an injured man alive from the rubble of the home.

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The blast destroyed a terraced house in the Kingstanding area of ​​Birmingham (Picture: PA)

What happened?

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The blast destroyed a row home and left several other homes significantly damaged, along with cars nearby, police said.

West Midlands Police were called to an incident on Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, just after 8.30pm on Sunday (26 June).

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West Midlands Police said they were called to the incident on Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, just after 8.30pm on Sunday.

The man who was rescued from the destroyed home suffered “very serious injuries” and was taken to hospital, the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said.

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A man who declined to give his name told the PA news agency: “Everyone was watching, the house was on fire, nobody went in so we could see a way in – so we went in the house, me and around a dozen others .

“There was a guy at the back (of the house), we could hear the guy screaming but he was pinched against the fridge in the kitchen. The dust from the attic insulation burned all around us.

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“We managed to get to him and pull him out – I still have his blood on my jeans.

“We got him out, he came out on a mattress. But he said there was a woman in the house.”

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A man who was rescued from the home suffered “very significant injuries” (Picture: SWNS)

Another resident, according to his cousin, “risked his own life” by running into the burning house to save the injured man.

@reecew95, Callum Attwood’s cousin Reece, wrote on Twitter: “What happened in Kingstanding tonight is devastating… my cousin saved a life! He is a hero. I’m so proud of him.

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“Get this spread on Twitter!! His actions, bravery and courage to do what anyone else wouldn’t do and risk his own life to save a life! Hero CALLUM ATTWOOD.”

Rick Payne, a local councilor, heard a “massive explosion” while watching television just after 8.30pm and walked over to Dulwich Road to see what had happened.

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He said: “I realized it was most likely a gas explosion.

“Police are just saying that quite a few houses were damaged as a result – probably up to five or six houses.

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“The house itself where the explosion occurred was physically destroyed. Houses on both sides have partial. Then the houses further along the road were additionally damaged by the explosion.”

Has anyone else been hurt?

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Four other men suffered minor injuries and were being examined by rescue workers at the scene, WMAS added.

Footage on social media showed flames, damage and debris at a red brick terraced home.

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Emergency services said evacuations were taking place and people were urged to avoid the area as Dulwich Road and surrounding roads were closed. Firefighters said the cause of the fire was not yet known.

The West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) said it was working with West Midlands Police, WMAS, Cadent Gas and the National Grid to deal with the incident.

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Six fire crews, three ambulances, five paramedics and a National Inter-Agency Liaison Officer were among the resources dispatched to the scene.

Photos show the extent of the debris strewn across Dulwich Road (Photo: RYAN UNDERWOOD)

WMFS Area Commander Steve Ball said at the scene: “Tonight at around 8.30pm we were called to a gas explosion at a house.

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“On arrival it was quite a challenging scene with one house completely destroyed and three neighboring properties also quite badly damaged.

“One man was rescued before we arrived and was treated by the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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“He has life-threatening injuries and has gone to Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Birmingham).

“Right now we have six devices on site, we have our technical rescue teams and we also have our fire service dog here.”

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A WMAS spokesman added that a man was helped from the destroyed property by local people but “had suffered very serious injuries”.

“Following on-site assessment and treatment, he was rushed to the major trauma center at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with blue lights flashing, with the MERIT team traveling by ambulance,” they said. “His condition on arrival at the hospital was described as life-threatening.

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“Four other men were checked for minor conditions by ambulance crews but were released at the scene.

“Members of the Hazardous Area Response Team continue to work with specialized firefighters on the ground.”

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