Sanele Mhlanga and her daughter Karen
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Birmingham manhole explosion: 'Miracle' escape of girl

The mother of a two-year-old girl has said it is "a miracle" she escaped injury when a manhole exploded on a Birmingham street.

The blast happened at 12:21 GMT on Thursday at Warwick Road, Tyseley, as Sanele Mhlanga and her daughter, Karen, were passing.

Mrs Mhlanga, who lives in Aston with her family, said: "[The thought of] losing my only daughter was really quite shocking - it's a miracle I'm still holding her like this."

A gas leak has been ruled out as the cause by National Grid.

BT has confirmed there was an explosion in one of its manholes.

BBC Midlands Today's Ben Sidwell reports.

  • 23 Jan 2015