Explosion destroys Birmingham house, police warn of 'casualties'

Multiple casualties feared as huge explosion destroys house and badly damages at least two more on Birmingham street

  • Emergency services are at the scene of a house explosion on Dulwich Road
  • One house is destroyed in Kingstanding, Birmingham, with others damaged
  • Cars have also been damaged; there are reports of casualties with injuries 
  • Emergency services are at the scene of a house in Birmingham which has been completely destroyed in an explosion on Sunday evening, damaging several others.

    West Midlands Police have said there have been reports of casualties but the number and ‘severity’ of the injuries is unknown at the moment.

    The blast is said to have been heard from half a mile away, and a number of vehicles have also been damaged in the area.

    One house on Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, has been completely destroyed and significantly damaged others, as well as cars on the street. 

    West Midlands Police were called to the scene at 8.38pm have reported casualties but the ‘number and severity of their injuries is unknown at this time’.

    The ambulance service has asked the public to keep away at this time to allow them to work after large crowds gathered around the cordon police made after news of the blast spread. 

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

    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 neighbouring houses

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

    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 surround 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.’

    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 surround 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 surround 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’.