A house has been destroyed and several others severely damaged after an explosion in Birmingham.

Emergency services were called to Dulwich Road on Sunday evening amid reports of casualties.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown as an evacuation begins with surrounding roads expected to remain closed for “a very long time”.

West Midland Police issue statement after house explosion in Birmingham

West Midlands Police issued a statement urging witnesses not to circulate images online.

A statement from West Midlands Police said officers were called at 8.38pm on Sunday.

“All emergency services and utility companies are at the scene of a house explosion on Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham.

“One house is destroyed with others significantly damaged. Cars have also been damaged.

“There are reports of casualties but the number and severity of their injuries is unknown at this time.

“Evacuations are taking place. Those evacuated will be told where to meet. People in the area must immediately follow the instructions of first responders.

“Dulwich Road and surrounding roads are closed and will be for a very long time. Please help us by avoiding the area.

“The cause of the explosion is not yet known.

“Please think of those involved and their loved ones and do not post images online.

“We will keep you updated regularly as soon as we have hard facts.”

Public asked to keep away

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We are currently dealing with a significant incident in Dulwich Road in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham.

“A large number of ambulances resources are at the scene along with @WestMidsFire and @WMPolice.

“The public are asked to keep away from the area to allow us to work.”