One man fighting for his life and four others injured as huge explosion destroys house

A man is fighting for his life and four others have been injured after a huge explosion destroyed a house in Birmingham.

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

One house has been destroyed and several others have been significantly damaged as well as nearby cars, the force said.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said people at the scene rescued a man from the destroyed house but he had ‘very significant injuries’ and was taken to hospital.

Four other men suffered minor injuries and were assessed by ambulance crews at the scene, WMAS added.

A spokesperson said: ‘A man was helped from the property by people at the scene but had suffered very serious injuries.

‘After assessment and treatment at the scene, he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma center at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT team traveling with the ambulance.

‘His condition on arrival at hospital was described as life threatening.

‘Four further men have been assessed by ambulance crews for minor conditions but have been discharged at the scene.

‘Members of the Hazardous Area Response Team continue to work with specialist firefighters at the scene.’

Emergency services were called at 8.38pm this evening to the scene of a house on Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham which exploded

West Midlands Police force said in a statement: 'Evacuations are taking place.  Those evacuated will be told where to meet.  People in the area must immediately follow the instructions of first responders'

West Midlands Police force said in a statement: ‘Evacuations are taking place. Those evacuated will be told where to meet. People in the area must immediately follow the instructions of first responders’

Another angle of the explosion in Kingstanding shows the home completely destroyed as well as huge damage caused to the neighboring houses

Another angle of the explosion in Kingstanding shows the home completely destroyed as well as huge damage caused to the neighboring houses

Emergency services said evacuations were taking place and people have been urged to avoid the area, with Dulwich Road and surrounding roads closed.

Emergency services said the cause of the fire is not yet known.

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) said West Midlands Police, WMAS, Cadent Gas and the National Grid were all working to manage the incident.

Six fire crews, three ambulances, five paramedic officers and a National Inter-Agency Liaison officer were among the resources sent to the scene.

The force said in a statement: ‘Evacuations are taking place. Those evacuated will be told where to meet. People in the area must immediately follow the instructions of first responders.

‘Dulwich Road and surrounding roads are closed and will be for a very long time. Please help us by avoiding the area. The cause of the explosion is not yet known.

‘Please think of those involved and their loved ones and do not post images online.

‘We will keep you updated regularly as soon as we have hard facts.’

An aerial shot of the exploded house shows it has been completely destroyed, with emergency services taking care of the incident

An aerial shot of the exploded house shows it has been completely destroyed, with emergency services taking care of the incident

West Midlands Ambulance Service said people at the scene rescued a man from the destroyed house but he had 'very significant injuries' and was taken to hospital

West Midlands Ambulance Service said people at the scene rescued a man from the destroyed house but he had ‘very significant injuries’ and was taken to hospital

Large crowds have gathered around the cordon after news of the blast on Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, spread

Large crowds have gathered around the cordon after news of the blast on Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, spread

'Dulwich Road and surrounding roads are closed and will be for a very long time.  Please help us by avoiding the area.  The cause of the explosion is not yet known,' West Midlands Police said

‘Dulwich Road and surrounding roads are closed and will be for a very long time. Please help us by avoiding the area. The cause of the explosion is not yet known,’ West Midlands Police said

Locals reported that nearby residents ran into the wrecked houses in an attempt to evacuate those inside

Locals reported that nearby residents ran into the wrecked houses in an attempt to evacuate those inside

Locals reported that nearby residents ran into the wrecked houses in an attempt to evacuate those inside.

West Midlands Ambulance Service also said they sent three ambulances, five paramedic officers, MERIT trauma doctor, critical care paramedic, West Midlands care team, Hazardous Area Response Team and a national interagency liaison officer to the scene.

The West Midlands Fire Service have sent six fire crews to the incident and have warned people to ‘avoid the area at this time’.

West Midlands Ambulance Service also said they sent three ambulances, five paramedic officers, MERIT trauma doctor, critical care paramedic, West Midlands care team, Hazardous Area Response Team and a national interagency liaison officer to the scene

West Midlands Ambulance Service also said they sent three ambulances, five paramedic officers, MERIT trauma doctor, critical care paramedic, West Midlands care team, Hazardous Area Response Team and a national interagency liaison officer to the scene

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