Fatal house fire in Birmingham

Wednesday 17th April 2013 – 7.45am – Claire Brown.

One woman has died and five other people have been injured, two seriously, in a house fire in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at around 5.00am to reports of a house fire on Cateswell Road in Springfield. Four ambulances, a responder paramedic, two paramedic area support officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found the fire service tackling a large house fire. Sadly it quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save one occupant, a woman, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.

“Five other people were out of the property and needed medical help.

“A teenage girl sustained approximately 70% burns to her body. Due to her critical injuries, the doctor sedated the girl on scene in order to stabilise her condition and to enable crews to fully assess and begin treating her burns. The girl was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled with the girl to hospital.

“A 26 year old woman sustained around 50% burns to her back, legs and arms. She was given pain relief and fluids by ambulance crews and cooling burns dressings were applied to her wounds before she was alerted to the same hospital for further emergency treatment.

“A woman believed to be in her 20s, who had reportedly jumped from a window, had leg, pelvis, shoulder and neck injuries. She was given pain relief, immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board and stabilised by crews before being taken to the same hospital.

“A fourth woman, believed to be in her 20s, sustained minor leg and shoulder injuries and a 55 year old man had minor burns to his face and hands. Both were treated by crews before being taken to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

Notes to Editors:
I have no more details regarding this incident and am unable to provide condition checks.

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