Springfield house fire: Woman dead and five injured

Neighbour Imran Akram said some people jumped from windows to escape the blaze

A woman has died and five other people have been injured in a house fire in Birmingham.

The blaze ripped through the house at Cateswell Road, Springfield, at about 05:00 BST.

The woman in her 50s died at the scene. A 16-year-old girl who suffered approximately 70% burns is in a critical condition in hospital.

A 26-year-old woman suffered serious burns, while three other people were also taken to hospital.

'Jumped to safety'

West Midlands Fire Service station commander David James said: "Two people have been rescued from the property.

At the scene

The fire was put out quite quickly, but part of Cateswell Road remains cordoned off by police.

There is a tent outside the property and several police officers and fire investigators have been at the scene for more than 12 hours.

Police sniffer dogs have been in the house and detailed forensic examinations are taking place to establish the cause.

Officers told me they're waiting to speak to the family about exactly what happened but all members who were injured are still in hospital.

"A further three people jumped to safety from the first-floor windows and another gentleman had left the building prior to the arrival of the fire service."

The teenager with 70% burns was sedated at the scene and taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

An ambulance service spokesperson said the 26-year-old woman suffered "around 50% burns to her back, legs and arms" and was taken to the same hospital.

Two other women, believed to be aged 27 and 29, were being treated for leg and pelvic injuries sustained after jumping from a first floor window to escape the flames.

A 55-year-old-man, the husband of the woman who died, had minor burns to his face and hands.

'Thick black smoke'

West Midlands Police said the fire was put out by 06:20 BST, and the cause was unclear.

The force said a joint investigation was under way involving police and the Fire Investigation Team to establish how it started.

All lines of investigation were being pursued, it added.

Scene Part of Cateswell Road was closed to traffic

Birmingham East police Ch Insp Helen Kirkman said: "All the occupants are still in hospital being treated for their injuries and, as yet, we haven't been able to speak to them about the fire."

The two houses either side of the property were evacuated during the blaze.

Diane Tomlinson, who lives nearby, said: "My friend at 5 o'clock this morning said it was just thick black smoke everywhere.

"It's just dreadful to think that we know these people. We've seen these people walk past."

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