Update 24/11/14 The two men injured in last night’s explosion have been ARRESTED on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life. Details : http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/latest-news/news.aspx?id=2089

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Aldersmead Road in West Heath is currently closed following an explosion in a flat which left two men seriously injured.

Emergency services were called just after 8pm (Sunday 23rd November) and the two men, thought to be in their late twenties and early thirties, were taken to hospital.

The cause and extent of damage is currently being assessed by emergency services and gas crews.

Police on the scene said that no other properties had been evacuated.

Residents said that gas supply had been turned off while crews worked.

Local residents described hearing a very loud bang which “shook windows” before the area was flooded with emergency vehicles.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found two men who had reportedly been inside the property at the time of the explosion, both of whom had suffered serious burns injuries.

“The first patient, a man in his 30s, was treated for burns to his arm, head and back. The second patient, a man in his 20s, was treated for burns to his back, neck, hands and arms. Both patients were given pain relief on scene before being transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

The spokesman added: “A third patient from a nearby property was assessed on scene but did not require hospital treatment. The cause of the explosion is unknown.”

West Midlands Fire Service tweeted: “Multi agency investigations are on going at Aldersmead Rd to determine cause of explosion” and said that search and rescue dogs had been brought in from Leicester and Lincolnshire to do a precautionary sweep of the property.

Northfield MP Richard Burden who visited the scene praised the emergency services for their work, saying: “The emergency services were on the scene very quickly and have been doing a very professional job to investigate the causes of the explosion, and to make sure nobody else was in the building. Thanks are due to them for their work.”

Cllr Brett O’Reilly (Northfield) said: “I heard the noise of the explosion and immediately made my way over to the scene to offer support.

“My thoughts are with those injured and we can just be thankful that there are no fatalities.

“Officers at the scene have agreed to keep me updated and I would urge residents to contact me should they feel I can be of assistance. Thank you also to the management committee at Oddingley Hall who kindly offered shelter if needed.”

Crews from all emergency services are expected to remain at the scene for some time yet.

A huge thank you to the emergency services personnel who dealt with the challenging scene safely and professionally.

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