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A number of residents were evacuated from their homes in the Austin Village, Longbridge and roads were closed as fire fighters tackled a suspicious gas main blaze in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 13th April).

West Midlands Fire Service were called to the fire in a trench in Coney Green Drive at 1.40am

At around 3am paramedic Huw Jones (@wmashuwjones) tweeted: “On scene in Northfield with [West Midlands Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team and [West Midlands Fire], who are dealing with a gas main that’s on fire.”

West Midlands Police drafted in extra officers to police the scene and a man found injured in the trench was arrested. They tweeted: “A man has been detained on suspicion of starting the fire. He’s gone to hospital. Nobody else is injured.”

A 50m cordon was initially put in place but was extended to include Hawkesley Crescent as a firefighters were concerned the fire may worsen as plastic gas piping melted.

National Grid gas engineers were working on scene to cut off the gas supply so firefighters could control the fire.

West Midlands Police said that residents were allowed back in to their homes at around 6am this morning (Saturday 13th April).

Were you affected by the blaze? Let us know below or contact sas@b31.org.uk

Read more on BBC News

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