Birmingham gas explosion: investigation reveals likely cause of fatal blast

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An update on what caused the fatal blast has been provided

An investigation into what caused the fatal house explosion in Kingstanding on Sunday (26 June) has now been completed.

It was carried out by West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police and The Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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A 79-year-old woman was found dead and a man is in critical condition following the explosion.

In a statement, the fire service said that the blast was most likely caused by an accidental ignition of a large escape of gas from a joint in the pipework.

Emergency services at the scene in Dulwich Road, KingstandingEmergency services at the scene in Dulwich Road, Kingstanding
Emergency services at the scene in Dulwich Road, Kingstanding

What’s been said about the investigation?

A statement from the West Midlands Fire Service, read: “We would like to take this opportunity to again extend our sympathies to everyone affected by Sunday night’s events in which, tragically, a woman lost her life.

“The man who was rescued remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

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“Extensive investigations at the scene of the explosion are now complete.

“Demolition work yesterday afternoon (28 June) enabled investigators to safely access and test sections of the property’s internal gas piping.

“They have concluded that the explosion was most likely caused by the accidental and inadvertent ignition of a large escape of gas from a joint in the pipework.”

The statement continued: “West Midlands Police’s own work continues, as officers work to formally identify the woman found dead at the scene and gather evidence for HM Coroner. Police family liaison officers continue to support those most directly affected.

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“Whilst these enquiries continue The Health and Safety Executive will continue to make enquiries as to whether any work-related activities contributed towards the incident.

“We are extremely grateful to the families involved, and to the local community, for their understanding and patience throughout the initial emergency response and the subsequent investigation.

“The community has been fantastic in the aftermath of this tragedy, offering support and shelter to those affected, and we would like to thank everyone involved in that effort.”

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