The West Midlands Fire Service has confirmed a woman was found dead at the site of Sunday night’s explosion in Kingstanding, Birmingham
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A woman has been found dead after a house explosion that destroyed property and damaged others in Birmingham.
Emergency services arrived at the scene in Kingstanding just after 8.30pm on Sunday, with nearby residents evacuating after the devastating blast, which was heard for miles.
In a tragic update this morning, the West Midlands Fire Service tweeted: “We are very sad to confirm that a woman was found dead at the scene of the explosion in #Kingstanding last night.
“Our thoughts and sympathy are with all those affected.”
Last night it was confirmed that a man was also critically injured in the blast.
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West Midlands Ambulance Services said the patient “suffered very serious injuries” and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
Four other men were injured but released at the scene.
A statement from the fire service last night read: “At 20:38 firefighters were responding to multiple reports of an explosion at Dulwich Lane, Kingstanding.
“The blast, the cause of which is currently unknown, destroyed a property and damaged other properties and vehicles nearby.
“The number of casualties or injuries is not confirmed at this time. We are working hard with colleagues from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Ambulance, Cadent Gas and National Grid to deal with this incident.
“Dulwich Road is closed and is expected to remain closed for some time. People are being urged to avoid the area to allow emergency services to do their jobs.
“West Midlands Police are managing evacuations in the area and we are urging those living near the incident to follow the advice of rescue workers at the scene.”
The fire department remained on site until Monday morning and is expected to remain on site today.
West Midlands Police said the cause of the blast was still unknown.
People a distance from Sutton Coldfield reportedly heard the blast.
Neighbor Callum Attwood was hailed as a “hero” after he reportedly ran into the burning building to save someone.
His 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.
“Spread this on Twitter!! His actions, bravery and courage to do what others would not do and risk his own life to save a life! Hero CALLUM ATTWOOD.”
On Facebook, Kiera Mae Parkinson added that Callum experienced chest pains after inhaling smoke.
A reporter for BirminghamLive at the scene said he had heard stories of “community spirit” where neighbors from outside the cordon took in those who had to leave their homes.
A woman who lived nearby described hearing a huge explosion as she was taking out her bins.
Another neighbor said: “I had just gone to the bathroom downstairs and closed the door. The explosion happened when I was closing the door.
“Living room windows are shattered. Glass was everywhere.
“The house shook and I fell to the ground, I thought it was an earthquake. I heard a man calling for help.”
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