A woman has been found dead after a house explosion in Birmingham, while a man remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The blast, which happened at about 8.40pm on Sunday, destroyed one house completely and significantly damaged three others.
A West Midlands ambulance service spokesman said: “Members of the hazardous area response team worked with firefighters to search the damaged property and sadly discovered one person.
“There was nothing that could be done and the person was confirmed dead at the scene.”
Neighbours reportedly climbed over burning debris to help a man who was in the property at the time of the blast, and he suffered “very significant injuries”, the ambulance service said.
Four other people were treated at the scene on Dulwich Road in Kingstanding, north Birmingham, for minor injuries.
West Midlands fire service said it believed the blast, which could be heard two miles away, was a gas explosion.
One man, who declined to give his name, said he helped carry an injured man out of the house on a mattress and “he was saying there was a woman in the house”.
“The dust from the loft insulation was burning around us," Egli ha detto. “We managed to get to him, and pull him out.”
Aerial footage of the scene showed smoke billowing from where the property used to stand, and windows hanging off adjoining properties.
Police said local residents had been evacuated from the area and the road remained closed.
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