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Birmingham flats evacuated due to electrical fire

A block of flats in Birmingham has been evacuated after an electrical fire.

West Midlands Fire Service said it was called to Bramber House, in Longbridge, at just after 0200 BST.

Two women, a man and two children were taken to hospital for a check-up and about 30 people were checked by paramedics at the scene.

The fire resulted in a power cut. Birmingham City Council said some residents would not be able to return home for two days.

Up to 40 people, who had to leave Bramber House, will be put in temporary accommodation or stay with family and friends, the council said.

Severely smoke logged

Western Power Distribution said it was still carrying out work to replace damaged cables, but some nearby houses had got power back on.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were sent to the eight-storey block of flats after the fire was discovered in the early hours of the morning.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "When crews arrived they found a block of flats that was severely smoke logged.

"The fire had knocked out power to the whole building and there was only emergency lighting on.

"Firefighters led a number of residents from the building where ambulance staff started assessing them for smoke inhalation and levels of carbon monoxide."

Culmington Hall community centre, in Culmington Road, was opened as a rest centre.

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