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10 fire engines called to Digbeth fire

10 fire engines and the ambulance service were called to the fire Credit: Scott Hawkins ?@wmasshawkins

40 firefighters and 10 fire engines were called to a severe fire on the High Street in Deritend earlier this morning.

On their twitter account the fire service said two people jumped from the upper floor to escape the fire. They were treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation. 11 other people were also evacuated.

The fire service say the fire is now being damped down and that it involved multiple properties including a three-story Victorian building.

The road has been closed and the electricity supply isolated to buildings from Heath Mill Lane to Adderley Street.


Appeal for information following Digbeth shooting

Rainbow Warehouse Credit: ITV News Central

Police investigating the death of a man outside a Birmingham nightclub last month are appealing for anyone there at the time to come forward.

Sylvester Koroma from Leicester was shot in the stomach outside the Rainbow Warehouse in Digbeth High Street late on Saturday 10 August.

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the shooting but police say they're disappointed many witnesses have not come forward with information.


Irish community pleased JFK memorial has returned to Birmingham

A newly restored mosaic of American President John F Kennedy has been unveiled in Birmingham today.

The artwork was built in the 1960s with money raised by the Irish community. But, despite a battle to save it, it had to be removed in 2000 to make way for building development.

The mosaic has now been recreated by an artist in Kent and returned to take pride of place in Digbeth.

Patrick O'Neill from the Birmingham Irish Community Forum, is pleased that it has returned.

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