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Photos: Woman freed from rubble after explosion

A woman has been freed from the rubble of a Wolverhampton house after an explosion early this morning.

Crews were called to the scene following the explosion which happened just after 8am this morning.

Earlier police reports suggested that a woman had been taken to hospital, but it then emerged that she was still stuck under the rubble.

A couple of people in passing cars treated for minor injuries such as shock.

Fire crews on the scene Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service
The house was reduced to rubble Credit: West Midlands Police
The area is cordoned off Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Work to rescue woman trapped after house explosion

Fire crews are still working to free a female resident after a house exploded on Penn Road just after 8am this morning.

Crews are preparing to rescue the woman who was trapped after the building collapsed.

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Emergency services at scene of house explosion

Crews from West Midlands Ambulance Service, West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police are on the scene of a house explosion in Wolverhampton.

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Anniversary of Peterborough explosion

It’s exactly 25 years today that a lorry full of explosives blew up on an industrial estate in Peterborough.

One firefighter died and more than a hundred people were injured. The lorry was going to a nearby fireworks factory when it caught fire.

800kg of explosives were on board, they detonated in a yard on Fengate damaging buildings and vehicles.

A plaque dedicated to John Humphries – the firefighter who died – has been put up on the site.

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Controlled explosion in Peterborough completed

A controlled explosion at an engine factory in Peterborough has been completed.

The operation was carried out due to an "unstable chemical" found at the plant. Police say all safety concerns have been satisfied.

Peterborough explosion: risk is "low"

Police are urging residents to stay in doors in Peterborough while a controlled explosion is carried out at an engineering plant.

Staff were evacuated from the Perkins site, which produces engines for use in construction and agriculture machinery, at around 1:30am this morning.

The engineering company called us to tell us they'd found this chemical in an unstable state and that they would like some assistance in dealing with it.

"The risk is very, very low to the general public. Those living in neighbouring streets should stay indoors as a precaution.

"We hope to resolve the situation as soon as possible."

– Inspector Kieran Mylchreest, Cambridgeshire Police

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said a fire engine is on standby at the scene but the service has so far not been involved.

Controlled explosion to take place at 6:30am

500m cordon in place around the Perkins plant in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Central

Residents are part of Peterborough are being told to stay indoors while a controlled explosion takes place on an unstable chemical.

Staff were evacuated from Perkins on Frank Perkins Highway at 1:30am this morning.

A 500metre has been set up around the site and roads are currently closed.

Police say The chemical does not pose a risk to nearby residents, however people are being advised to stay indoors as a precaution.

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