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Gas lines and pipes did not cause Birmingham home explosion, Cadent says

Image: West Midlands Fire Service

Gas utility company Cadent has confirmed that the explosion at a house in Birmingham was not caused by gas mains and service lines in the area.

After the explosion, a woman was found dead and a man suffered life-threatening injuries.

The company said: ‘After a thorough investigation, we can confirm that the gas lines and service lines in the area are sound and were not the cause of the incident at Kingstanding.

“The matter now belongs to other agencies for further investigation.”

Yesterday the West Midlands Fire Service said its investigators were working closely with West Midlands Police and gas specialists to try to establish why the explosion happened.

He said: “They will carefully excavate areas in the remains of the house, so that parts of its gas supply can be accessed and examined.”

Elliott Nelson, Cadent Network Director for the West Midlands, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those affected and all members of this close-knit community.

“Since the incident, our engineers have been on site working with the emergency services. It has been difficult for everyone and I know that all respondents are grateful for the support the community has shown.

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