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Build up of petrol vapours said to be cause of house fire

Our investigators have carried out a thorough examination of the scene.

We believe that the explosion and resulting fire followed a build up of petrol vapours inside the property.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious, and no-one other than the victim is believed to have been involved.

We will now submit a report to HM Coroner.

– A spokesperson for West Midlands Fire Service

Four people trapped in severe house fire in West Bromwich

Fire crews have been in attendance at a severe house fire in Guns Village, West Bromwich, where people have been trapped inside a property.

Four people were inside the house at the time of the fire but two had managed to exit before the fire service had arrived.

Two males were then rescued using ladders and breathing apparatus brought out.

The details of the casualties are unknown at present but West Midlands Fire Service tweeted to say that thankfully all persons had been accounted for and that the fire is now extinguished.

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Sixty firefighters tackle serious blaze at former Birmingham social club

More than sixty firefighters are tackling a serious fire at Ruskin Hall, a former social club in Victoria Road, Aston, Birmingham.

Local residents are being urged to keep their windows and doors shut due to the amount of smoke.

West Midland Police say there are no known casualties.

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