Birmingham Building Collapse: Update

9 May 2019, 08:15 | Updated: 9 May 2019, 11:15

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West Midlands Ambulance Service has confirmed one man has died after a building collapsed in Birmingham.

Paramedics were called to Vittoria Street at 5.40pm on Wednesday (8th May) evening.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff were faced with the aftermath of a wall collapse.

“Tragically, one man was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second man was assessed and treated by ambulance staff before being taken to Sandwell Hospital. A third was assessed and discharged at the scene.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with police and fire crews at the scene.”

The 49 year-old man has been confirmed as a construction worker from London.

West Midlands Police Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Dave Keen, said: “Attempts were made by paramedics to resuscitate the man but there was nothing that could be done to save him. 

“We have made contact with his family and they are being supported by police officers.

“This was a significant wall collapse which has potentially destabilised other parts of the building and structural surveys will be carried out in due course.

“The road was closed to allow emergency services to access the scene but has since re-opened; there is not considered to be any risk to the wider public and the wall collapse was contained within a courtyard area.”