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Gas explosion survivor 'recovering well' in hospital

The 73-year-old woman who survived a gas explosion at her home in Wolverhampton as released a statement detailing her recovery.

Fire crews freed her by hand, because of fears cutting equipment could ignite any further gas Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Wendy Ayoub was freed from the rubble of her bungalow after it exploded yesterday morning. She had only cuts and bruises and a broken ankle.

She's being treated at New Cross Hospital, and thanks those that helped free her from the wreckage of her home.

I am comfortable and recovering well. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the emergency services and hospital staff who have helped me.

– Wendy Ayoub

Full report: Woman survives explosion that flattened home

A woman in her 70s has survived a gas explosion that flattened her home in Wolverhampton this morning.

She was buried under the rubble for nearly 2 hours before being rescued - seemingly saved by her washing machine.

The explosion was described by neighbours like 'a bomb going off'. Michael Sibert reports.

Woman 'saved' by washing machine after house explosion

The washing machine reportedly saved her life Credit: West Midlands Hazardous Area Response Team

A woman who survived an explosion at her home with only minor injuries wa reportedly saved by her washing machine.

The pensioner's washing machine and internal wall of her home held back additional rubble and timber to help her survive, according to the West Midlands Hazardous Area Response Team.

She was pulled from the rubble almost two hours after the explosion happened.

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Photos: Dramatic images as woman rescued from rubble

Photos have emerged of the moment an elderly woman was rescued from the rubble of her home following an explosion.

Astonishingly, the 76-year-old only suffered cuts and bruises and a broken ankle.

The rescue operation Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
The rescue operation Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Emergency services carry a stretcher Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Woman 'not seriously hurt' after house collapses

West Midlands Ambulance Service have confirmed that an elderly woman who was rescued following a house explosion is 'not seriously hurt'.

She is being taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment.

Photos: House reduced to rubble by explosion

A house in Wolverhampton has been reduced to rubble following an explosion this morning.

Fire crews had to rescue a woman who was trapped after the house collapsed.

Fire crews on the scene Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Fire crews on the scene Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Ambulance crews Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
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