Police have today confirmed that one of the two men injured in an explosion in a West Heath flat has died in hospital.

The explosion tore the walls from the ground floor maisonette in Aldersmead Road on the evening of Sunday 23rd November.

Two men inside the property suffered serious injuries and were later arrested in hospital on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life. Neighbours escaped unharmed.

Local man Tobias Gordon, 32, suffered burns to his arm, head & back and he died in hospital yesterday morning (2nd December). His family have been informed and a forensic post mortem will be conducted in due course to determine the precise cause of Tobias’ death.

A 27 year old man remains in hospital in a “serious but stable condition” after receiving burns to his back, neck, hands and arms.

Detective Inspector Justin Spanner, from Force CID, said: “We continue to work hard to fully understand what caused the explosion at the flat.

“Local people may be able to help in this on-going investigation and I would ask that anyone who may be able to assist should get in touch.”

The building, a block of 4 maisonettes, has now been demolished.

Anyone with information which may help Det Insp Spanner should call 101. People who do not want to speak with police officers directly can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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  1. R.i.p tobias we will miss you mate a game will be played in honour of you and a 2 minute silence in respect of you sleep tight mate from the whole of Rubery legends f.c

  2. The media are wailing about the current drug bogey-man, methamphetamine, being synthesised at this address. But the Mirror have reported pot plants being found so if it was substance related it could have been the making of cannabis oil. One method involves the use of butane and should always be done outdoors, and only done by those that understand the risks (though Dunning-Kruger says why that point is meaningless).

    But of course, had it not been for the political policy of the prohibition of some drugs then they would be no desire for people to make this at home, unsafely. The self-righteous will just say something like “well, if they will do drugs”, but that is just victim blaming. All humans like altering our perceptions, but some methods are banned?

    If this tragic accident was due to making honey oil then prohibition is to blame.


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