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Surge in 999 calls to East Midlands Ambulance

Ambulances are receiving more emergency calls Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

East Midlands Ambulance say they have seen a surge in the number of 999, urgent and emergency calls over the past 24 hours, many in connection with symptoms caused by the warm humid weather.

On an average day they take around 2000 calls, but yesterday they received around 3000 calls.

Types of calls included sunstroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion and breathing difficulties. They have also seen an increase in the number of road traffic collisions.

Two saved from severe fire in Black Country shop

Two people were led to saved by firefighters from a severe fire in a flat above a shop in the Black Country.

The blaze started in the living area above the retail unit in Messenger Road, Smethwick, during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Two people were rescued from the blaze Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The living room was completely gutted and firefighters using breath apparatus helped rescue the pair. The flat was gutted by flames and filled with thick smoke.

About 20 firefighters from Smethwick, Ladywood, Handsworth and West Bromwich were at the scene.

The flat was gutted by the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The cause of the fire is not yet known and there are no know injuries.

The flat was gutted by the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

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