Explosion in Birmingham: A victim trapped in a gas explosion desperately asked for his partner to be rescued

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Dave Murphy yelled “please save my missus, she’s still inside” as he lay trapped under rubble and a fridge in his wrecked home

Birmingham gas explosion survivor Dave Murphy
Birmingham gas explosion survivor Dave Murphy

A bloodied victim of the devastating Birmingham gas explosion made a desperate appeal to heroic rescuers.

Emergency services swarmed along Dulwich Road in Kingstanding, Birmingham, just after 8.30pm on Sunday, with nearby residents evacuating.

One property was destroyed while three others were damaged in a suspected gas explosion.

As he lay trapped under rubble and a refrigerator in his wrecked home, Dave Murphy yelled, “Please save my missus, she’s still inside.”

Tragically, the locals who dug through the ruins of the family home and rescued Mr Murphy were unable to save the life of Doreen Rees-Bibb, 79.

Doreen has been described by her family as a mother with a “heart of pure gold” after losing her life in Sunday night’s horrific incident.







One property was destroyed while three others were damaged in a suspected gas explosion
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Rescuer Harley Seccombe said: “I acted on instinct.

“I jumped a fence and saw this hand sticking out of the rubble. I called for help and a few more people came.

“Then we essentially started digging him out of the rubble.”

Mark Pearman also rushed to help. He said: “We formed a human chain and passed rubble past each other bit by bit.

“A couple of the young lads held up a wooden beam and a woman pulled the man out.”







Ambulance services at the scene of the crime at Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, in Birmingham
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Another rescuer added: “Dave’s clothes were blown off, you couldn’t even see him, he was covered in blood.”

Doreen was found in the rubble of the house in Kingstanding, Birmingham. Rescuer Callum Attwood said: “We tried to get to her but the flames were too big.”

Sunday night’s blast was heard 20 miles away, injuring four other men.

Locals said the home was sold just days before the blast, and a real estate agent said in an online post about the sale that a boiler needed to be “repaired/replaced.”







Neighbor Lami Charlery, 40, had a lucky escape after leaving his lounge to use the toilet
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Dad of two Dave was still critically ill in hospital last night.

His son Dean said: “Dad is not well.

“But he survived. Unfortunately the lady didn’t do that.”

Neighbor Lami Charlery, 40, had a lucky escape after leaving his lounge to use the toilet.

He said: “The ceiling has come down. If I were in another room, I wouldn’t be alive.”

An investigation is underway.

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