A man has suffered life threatening injuries after an explosion destroyed a house in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an explosion at about 8.40pm on Sunday evening to Dulwich Road.

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.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: ā€œOne property has been completely destroyed with three others badly damaged. Cars have also been damaged.

ā€œA man was helped from the property by people at the scene but had suffered very serious injuries.  After assessment and treatment at the scene, he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT team travelling with the ambulance.  His condition on arrival at hospital was described as life threatening.

ā€œFour further men have been assessed by ambulance crews for minor conditions but have been discharged at the scene.

ā€œMembers of the Hazardous Area Response Team continue to work with specialist firefighters at the scene.ā€