A man has been rescued as more than 40 firefighters are tackling a 'severe' fire at a restaurant in Birmingham.

Fire crews were called to the African Village on Birchfield Road in Perry Barr at around 3.58pm on Tuesday (14 January).

A huge fire can been seen breaking through the roof of the restaurant followed by plumes of smoke.

Firefighters used a ladder to rescue one man from a first floor window of the premises, while another person managed to escape unaided.

Two surrounding roads have been closed off while emergency crews deal with the incident.

“Fire crews were called at 3.58pm to the African Village Restaurant, in Birchfield Road, Perry Barr. "Thirty firefighters and six fire engines have been sent to the scene to battle the blaze.

A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: