Man dies after 'explosion' strikes Wolverhampton house
A man has died in a fire after a reported explosion at a house in the Midlands.
Six members of the public dialled 999 to report a blast at the home in Wolverhampton.
Flames could be seen billowing from an upstairs bedroom window when fire crews arrived, a fire service spokesman said.
The man, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Wearing personal protective clothing and using breathing apparatus, the Hazardous Area Response Team entered the building with the fire service where they found the body of a man."
More than 20 firefighters were sent to the property in Rylands Drive at 3.15pm today.
"When they arrived there was a severe fire on the first floor and some of the loft space of the two-storey house," a spokesman for the service said.
"Sadly, one man died in the incident."
Residents were evacuated from the street amid fears of a gas leak, although the fire service later said the blast had not been a gas explosion.
The spokesman added: "The National Grid have been around to test the property and nearby area.
"As a precaution we had a cordon in place which has been removed."
He added: "There were six 999 calls reporting an explosion of some sort.
"Until our investigation team has had a closer look at the scene it is not possible to definitely say."
West Midlands Police also attended the incident and put a cordon in place, a spokesman said.