Shortly after 1am this morning (Sun 17 Dec), Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control started to receive 999 calls reporting a serious incident in the area of Belgrave and Lee Bank Middleways in the centre of Birmingham. Crews from several Birmingham fire stations and our Technical Rescue Unit were sent to the scene.
Area Commander Jason Campbell of West Midlands Fire Service said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of everyone who has lost their lives. Our thoughts are also with the injured, some of whom are very seriously hurt.
“The first West Midlands Fire Service crews arrived in less than 4 minutes and were met with a complex scene, spread over some distance.
“Our firefighters’ actions involved stabilising vehicles, releasing the dead and injured, as well as administering CPR and first aid in support of our colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service.
“All of the emergency services worked together and coordinated their response in extremely challenging circumstances, doing all they possibly could to minimise the loss of life.
“We will be giving our colleagues at West Midlands Police every support possible throughout their investigation into this horrific incident.
“We would urge anyone who saw what happened to contact the police as soon as possible if they haven’t already done so.”