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Selly Oak fire death: Murder inquiry begins

Job Wilding
Image caption Job Wilding, 41, was one of two men rescued from the garage in Selly Oak

A murder inquiry has begun after the death of a man rescued from a fire at a derelict garage in Birmingham where he was sleeping rough.

Job Wilding, 41, was one of two men rescued from the garage on Gristhorpe Road, in Selly Oak, on Saturday.

He and a 35-year-old man, who has not been named, were taken to hospital with serious burns, but Mr Wilding died on Wednesday.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the inquiry.

The 35-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital.

'Awful circumstances'

West Midlands Police said two men, aged 44 and 47, and a 45-year-old woman had been arrested and bailed in connection with the investigation.

Det Insp Ian Iliffe said: "Mr Wilding lost his life in the most awful circumstances and I believe that someone will have information that will assist this investigation. I urge them to come forward.

"I am also keen to speak to anyone who knew Job Wilding and particularly anyone who may have visited him at the garage, where he was sleeping rough, or who saw him on 23 July.

"If anyone heard a disturbance or saw anyone leaving the alleyway that leads from Gristhorpe Road to Warwards Lane between 15:00 and 15:20 BST on Saturday afternoon, I would also like them to get in touch with us."

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