back to top

Elderly Woman Rescued From Rubble After Entire House Collapses In Explosion

The woman was trapped for two hours after the property was flattened.

Posted on

The explosion is believed to have occurred just after 8am on Monday.

West Midlands Fire Service posted a series of tweets during the rescue operation.


Crews in attendance Penn Road Wolverhampton explosion in a house persons trapped, please avoid area more details asap

#pennroad confirmed one elderly lady trapped, crews located casualty and preparing plan for rescue due to complete building collapse #safety

#pennroad multi agency briefing taking place @WMPolice @WMASHART @OFFICIALWMAS #teamwork

The woman was taken to hospital after being trapped for two hours in the rubble, the BBC said.

She was reported to have been in the kitchen when the explosion occurred, Richard Guttrige of the Express & Star reported.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokesman said the woman was "not seriously hurt".

She is receiving treatment at Wolverhampton’s New Cross hospital.

Dudley supporting multi agency rescue operations at Penn Rd incident. @WestMidsFire @OFFICIALWMAS

Penn Road resident Matt Eccles told the Express & Star: "I just heard a great big explosion that shook me out of bed and my neighbour told me that there had been a house that had exploded over the road.

"It was loud enough to wake me up, it was a proper explosion."

Roads around the property have been closed due to the debris.

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

Contact Richard James at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.