Drone footage shows devastation of Birmingham house blast

A house which exploded in a gas blast leaving a woman dead and a man fighting for life had a dodgy BOILER, it has emerged.

The three-bedroom terraced property on Dulwich Road, Kingstanding in Birmingham, had recently been sold for £160,000.

It was sold by Birmingham-based Paul Carr Estate Agents and aerial pictures show a red ‘sold’ sign in the rubble.

On the firm’s website, the property's particulars states: “Boiler requires repair / replacement.”

The description goes on: “A three bedroom terraced in need of some upgrading and offering a competitively priced starting point on the property ladder.

“The lounge floor in the bay requires attention and the property is priced to reflect the amount of potential on offer rear.

“Outside the rear garden has a slabbed patio area leading to the good size lawn, there is a shared side passage and viewing is advised of this majority centrally heated (boiler requires repair / replacement) and double-glazed property.”

Emergency services rushed to the property at 8.38pm on Sunday (26/6) following reports of a “massive bang” with residents describing what felt like "an earthquake"

Today (Mon) it was confirmed a woman’s body had been discovered in the rubble.

Murray MacGregor, spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “Three ambulances, five paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), the
MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, West Midlands CARE team, and an emergency planner were sent to the scene.

“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.”

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