Birmingham explosion: heroes rescue ‘screaming’ bloodied man as ‘clothes are blown away’

Residents on Dulwich Road in Kingstanding, Birmingham, heard the man “screaming” in the destroyed property and bravely ran inside, where they found him “covered in blood”.

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Birmingham: Emergency services respond at the scene of the blast

Heroic Birmingham residents have described scrambling past burning rubble, dust and debris to pull a horribly injured man alive from the ruins of a house that exploded on Sunday night.

One property was completely destroyed while three others were also damaged in the incident.

Emergency services arrived at the scene at Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham just after 8.30pm, with nearby residents evacuating.

One man, who declined to give his name, said: “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 about a dozen others.

The house on Dulwich Road was completely destroyed


West Midlands Fire Brigade/ SWNS)

“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 was burning all around us.

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

“We got him out, he ended up coming out on a mattress.

Firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene

The cause of the disaster is said to have been a gas explosion


Anita Maric / SWNS)

“But he said there was a woman in the house.”

“His clothes had been blown away, you couldn’t even see him, he was covered in blood,” added the rescuer.

He added: “We just walked straight in the (front) door and I thought I went in the front door – but it was actually the front door next door because the front door had been destroyed.

“We come out the back and then we could hear the geezer screaming and we dug him out.

“There is nothing left of the house at all,” said one resident


West Midlands Fire Brigade/ SWNS)

“He was in the kitchen, lying flat on the floor with his back against a fridge or washing machine.

“He said, ‘Don’t pull me — my legs,’ and I said, ‘Dude, we’ve got to get you out now.'”

The group of rescuers broke damaged water pipes amid the debris to try to extinguish their own clothing to protect themselves from the blaze.

The local resident stood at the police line and watched rescue workers working under powerful searchlights amid the devastation, adding: “There is nothing left of this house at all.

Neighbors were evacuated on Sunday evening


Anita Maric / SWNS)

“We went through the house – and this house is gone.”

The West Midlands Ambulance Service said in a statement: “A man was helped from the property by local people but had sustained 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.

The man’s condition when he was taken to the hospital was described as life-threatening


Nick Horner/Birmingham Live)

“His condition on arrival at the hospital was described as life-threatening.

“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.”

Emergency services said the cause of the fire was not yet known, but Councilman Rick Payne said it was “probably most likely a gas explosion.” Birmingham explosion: heroes rescue 'screaming' bloodied man as 'clothes are blown away'

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