A man who died after the roof of a town centre building collapsed while he was inside has been named by police.
Lakhvir Singh, 47, was confirmed dead by paramedics on Wednesday after he was discovered on the ground floor of the building in West Bromwich. A post-mortem examination confirmed that the cause of death was traumatic asphyxia.
Mr Singh is thought to have lived at the property, which comprises an estate agent on the ground floor and two residential floors above, in West Bromwich High Street.
Five men were inside the property when the roof collapsed at around 12.40am on Wednesday. Two were rescued by fire crews, while two made their own way out. One of the casualties had a minor head injury while the other suffered a foot wound.
Mr Singh’s body was pulled from the building on a stretcher through the roof by a hydraulic platform shortly after 9pm.
The cause of the roof collapse is not yet known, but a fire service spokesman described the incident as a “catastrophic failure” of the roof, adding: “The roof collapsed inwards, which has caused the floors below to pancake downwards towards the ground floor.”
The High Street reopened at 10.40am on Friday, but the buildings immediately adjacent to the affected property remain closed.
The family of Mr Singh do not wish to make a statement, police said.
Anyone in the area at between midnight and 1am on Wednesday is urged to contact police at West Bromwich on 0845 113 5000.