House at centre of lethal explosion ‘had dodgy boiler in need of repair’

A house which blew up and left one woman dead had a dodgy boiler that was desperately in need of repair, it has been revealed.

Emergency services rushed to the scene after receiving reports about a "massive bang" at a property in Kingstanding, Birmingham on Sunday ( June 26).

The gas explosion also left one person fighting for his life after the three-bedroom property erupted shortly after 8.30pm.

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Terrified residents said the gas blast felt like "an earthquake" as the incident took place on Dulwich Road.

It has been reported that Birmingham-based Paul Carr Estate Agents recently sold the home for £160,000.

On the firm’s website, the property's particulars states: “Boiler requires repair/replacement.”

The description goes on: “A three-bedroom terraced in need of some upgrading and offering a competitively priced starting point on the property ladder.

“The lounge floor in the bay requires attention and the property is priced to reflect the amount of potential on offer rear.

“Outside the rear garden has a slabbed patio area leading to the good size lawn, there is a shared side passage and viewing is advised of this majority centrally heated (boiler requires repair/replacement) and double-glazed property.”

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Murray MacGregor, spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “Three ambulances, five paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, West Midlands CARE team, and an emergency planner were sent to the scene.

“Members of the Hazardous Area Response Team worked with firefighters to search the damaged property and sadly discovered one person.

“There was nothing that could be done and the person was confirmed dead at the scene."

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