LIVE UPDATES: Emergency services respond to explosion in residential street in Clacton

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  • Major gas explosion in Cloes Lane, Clacton, just after 8.30am
  • Two semi-detached houses are believed to have suffered major damage
  • Police: two people suffering from serious burns

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Demolition teams are moving in to pull down what is left of the building. Police say the blast zone will remain cordoned off overnight and the road will stay closed until it is safe. The evacuation centre at Clacton Town Hall will close at 6.30pm.

Anyone else who needs help should contact Tendring Council’s 24-hour helpline on 01255 222022.

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Nick Alston, police and crime commissioner for Essex, said: "I am saddened to learn of the incident earlier this morning in Cloes Lane, Clacton, in which a number of people were injured, some seriously. My deepest sympathy is with them all.

"Early accounts suggest that there was a rapid and effective response by all the emergency services, to control the aftermath of the explosion, treat the injured, evacuate local people and ensure the wider community was kept safe.

"Our police, fire and medical teams have highly developed emergency plans to ensure that they can respond quickly and professionally to tragedies such as this, and seek to control the harm caused.

"I was briefed on the incident by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh soon after it happened.  I have been following its development with great concern for those injured, and admiration for the manner in which the emergency services and the local community have responded."

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Another photo from John McLellan at the scene:

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Aerial images, taken by photographer John McLellan, show the extent of the damage caused by the explosion

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Another picture of fire dog Darcy at the scene (Photo: ECFRS)

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Tina Reeve says

We have just created a new group on Facebook for support and donations.
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Here is Essex Fire dog Darcy searching through the rubble to check no casualties are buried underneath (Photo: ECFRS)

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Picture of the house ripped apart by an explosion in Clacton before the incident this morning

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Ambulance service: "A man, believed to be in his 70s, was airlifted to Broomfield Hospital in a life-threatening after being anaesthetised on scene by air ambulance paramedics. A woman, believed to be in her 50s, was taken to Broomfield with severe burns.

"The other casualties were taken with serious and minor injuries to CGH. Injuries include burns, and trauma injuries such as broken legs. 

"Five ambulances, several ambulance incident officers, the hazardous area response team (HART) and two air ambulances attended the scene and treated casualties on scene before they were taken to hospital."

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Ambulance service: "A paramedic response car was at the scene in just over 3 minutes after several 999 calls were received at 8.27am."

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Ambulance service statement: "Critical care has been given to two people following a house explosion in Clacton. They have been taken to Broomfield Hospital, and eight others have been taken to Colchester General Hospital (CGH) following the incident in Cloes Lane this morning."

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Essex Police say a cordon is up around Flatford Drive junction and Cloes Lane to Hadleigh Road. Nien-Oord closed. Residents can't yet go home. Schools not affected.

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ACFO Paul Hill reports a fire investigation is already under way and although not confirmed yet, it appears that gas was involved.

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ACFO Paul HIll " The power of an explosion fuelled by gas can be seen here and in the neighbouring streets - it is immense"

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ACFO Paul Hill: "Incidents like this show how important it is to make sure gas appliances are well maintained"

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Last picture comes from Essex Police whose officers are at the scene now.

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We now have a gallery of pictures as they come in from the Clacton explosion. It can be viewed by clicking here. Live updates and more pictures as we get them will be added to this live blog as we get them. 

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Latest statement from the East of England Ambulance Service: 

Critical care has been given to two people following a house explosion in Clacton. They have been taken to Broomfield Hospital, and eight others have been taken to Colchester General Hospital (CGH) following the incident in Cloes Lane this morning.

A man, believed to be in his 70s, was airlifted to Broomfield Hospital in a life-threatening after being anaesthetised on scene by air ambulance paramedics. A woman, believed to be in her 50s, was taken to Broomfield with severe burns.

The other casualties were taken with serious and minor injuries to CGH. Injuries include burns, and trauma injuries such as broken legs. 

Five ambulances, several ambulance incident officers, the hazardous area response team (HART) and two air ambulances attended the scene and treated casualties on scene before they were taken to hospital.

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Search dogs, including Darcy ECFRS' fire dog, are being used to ensure everyone has been accounted for and no casualties remain buried.

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Statement from Essex Police: 

Police have evacuated 19 properties in relation to the explosion in Clacton.

These include ten properties in Cloes Lane, where the explosion occurred, and nine in the road immediately behind the affected property.

There are ten casualties. One is in a life-threatening condition, two are in a severe condition.

The other seven are walking wounded, including one young teenager.

The electricity is going to be turned off and will affect the whole street for some time.

Anyone who is concerned about friends or relatives can contact Essex Police on 101, extension 489803. 

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Statement from the East of England Ambulance Service: 

We received several 999 calls to reports of an explosion in Cloes Lane, Clacton at 8.27am this morning (February 5).

We immediately sent five emergency ambulances, one paramedic rapid response car, our hazardous area response team (HART) and several ambulance Incident Officers. Two air ambulances are also at scene and Colchester General Hospitals and Broomfield Hospital have been put on alert.

Our crews are currently assessing the level and nature of injuries of those involved.

We are working closely with other emergency services at the scene, our priority being to get patients to hospital to ensure they receive the expert medical help they need as quickly as possible.

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Here is the location of Cloes Lane, where emergency services were first called just after 8.30am

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An Essex Police spokesman said: "Several houses have been damaged. There have been reports of casualties.

"The immediate area is currently being evacuated. People are advised to avoid the area while emergency services deal with the scene."

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Picture from the scene with emergency services in attendance

Braintree and Witham Times: Reports of major gas explosion in Clacton UPDATED

 

 

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Five people have been taken to hospital following a major gas explosion in Clacton.

One is reported to have life threatening injuries and a further five people are being treated at the scene by paramedics.

The blast is believed to have happened in Cloes Lane just after 8.30am today.

Two semi-detached houses are believed to have suffered major damage and a gas-fuelled fire is still burning at the scene.

Other properties were damaged by flying debris.

Neighbours helped pull victims from the rubble.

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11:06am Wed 5 Feb 14

Tina Reeve says...

I am a member of this Facebook group and we are doing our best to get together some things for the families.
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I am a member of this Facebook group and we are doing our best to get together some things for the families. Please join if you would like to help https://www.facebook .com/groups/51726965 5016325/590910387652 251/?comment_id=5909 22997650990¬if_t= like Tina Reeve

11:24am Wed 5 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

How awful, sincerly hope it wasn't down, to some one attempting to bypass the meter, and use the gas supply for free, the root cause of similar tragedies of late...
How awful, sincerly hope it wasn't down, to some one attempting to bypass the meter, and use the gas supply for free, the root cause of similar tragedies of late... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

12:28pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Tina Reeve says...

We have just created a new group on Facebook for support and donations.
https://www.facebook
.com/groups/19636839
0572611/
We have just created a new group on Facebook for support and donations. https://www.facebook .com/groups/19636839 0572611/ Tina Reeve

1:18pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
How awful, sincerly hope it wasn't down, to some one attempting to bypass the meter, and use the gas supply for free, the root cause of similar tragedies of late...
How typical of you. Thinking the worst of everyone as usual.

Shut up.

Tina, I suggest you set up the appeal through the local papers. You will generate more publicity and that will put it on a more official basis. Also this website is good for setting up funds. http://www.justgivin
g.com/

Not everyone is on facebook. Personally I avoid it like the plague.

I sincerely hope the people involved come through this. How absolutely shattering.
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: How awful, sincerly hope it wasn't down, to some one attempting to bypass the meter, and use the gas supply for free, the root cause of similar tragedies of late...[/p][/quote]How typical of you. Thinking the worst of everyone as usual. Shut up. Tina, I suggest you set up the appeal through the local papers. You will generate more publicity and that will put it on a more official basis. Also this website is good for setting up funds. http://www.justgivin g.com/ Not everyone is on facebook. Personally I avoid it like the plague. I sincerely hope the people involved come through this. How absolutely shattering. Kim Gandy

1:59pm Wed 5 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

With rigorous constraints put on gas and electrical instalation this type of event is extremely rare.lets hope that the worst news is over and wait for the authorities to find the facts.all these pictures and minute by minute reports l personally find a bit ghoulish.
With rigorous constraints put on gas and electrical instalation this type of event is extremely rare.lets hope that the worst news is over and wait for the authorities to find the facts.all these pictures and minute by minute reports l personally find a bit ghoulish. stevedawson

2:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
You'dfeelbetterforkn

owingthat
wrote:
How awful, sincerly hope it wasn't down, to some one attempting to bypass the meter, and use the gas supply for free, the root cause of similar tragedies of late...
How typical of you. Thinking the worst of everyone as usual.

Shut up.

Tina, I suggest you set up the appeal through the local papers. You will generate more publicity and that will put it on a more official basis. Also this website is good for setting up funds. http://www.justgivin

g.com/

Not everyone is on facebook. Personally I avoid it like the plague.

I sincerely hope the people involved come through this. How absolutely shattering.
The investigators will be looking at each and every avenue of inquiry into this tragic event, and unlike your plague, will discover the truth and reason.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: How awful, sincerly hope it wasn't down, to some one attempting to bypass the meter, and use the gas supply for free, the root cause of similar tragedies of late...[/p][/quote]How typical of you. Thinking the worst of everyone as usual. Shut up. Tina, I suggest you set up the appeal through the local papers. You will generate more publicity and that will put it on a more official basis. Also this website is good for setting up funds. http://www.justgivin g.com/ Not everyone is on facebook. Personally I avoid it like the plague. I sincerely hope the people involved come through this. How absolutely shattering.[/p][/quote]The investigators will be looking at each and every avenue of inquiry into this tragic event, and unlike your plague, will discover the truth and reason. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

3:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14

I-say-you-say says...

stevedawson wrote:
With rigorous constraints put on gas and electrical instalation this type of event is extremely rare.lets hope that the worst news is over and wait for the authorities to find the facts.all these pictures and minute by minute reports l personally find a bit ghoulish.
Not nearly as rare as they should be! Some people do not understand the dangers of gas and the devastation it can cause! All it takes is a small leak on a badly maintained appliance and the flick of a light switch!

I hope everyone involved makes a full recovery, however I also hope that the up to date pictures and reports go some way to showing people what can and does happen and hopefully prevent this in the future!

Although it is yet to be concluded what the actual cause was (other than gas). It could have been a leak on the gas main etc.

A massive well done to the amazing repsonse by the emergency services and the kind and caring community who are helping those affected!
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: With rigorous constraints put on gas and electrical instalation this type of event is extremely rare.lets hope that the worst news is over and wait for the authorities to find the facts.all these pictures and minute by minute reports l personally find a bit ghoulish.[/p][/quote]Not nearly as rare as they should be! Some people do not understand the dangers of gas and the devastation it can cause! All it takes is a small leak on a badly maintained appliance and the flick of a light switch! I hope everyone involved makes a full recovery, however I also hope that the up to date pictures and reports go some way to showing people what can and does happen and hopefully prevent this in the future! Although it is yet to be concluded what the actual cause was (other than gas). It could have been a leak on the gas main etc. A massive well done to the amazing repsonse by the emergency services and the kind and caring community who are helping those affected! I-say-you-say

3:44pm Wed 5 Feb 14

pierre-pierre says...

the other article which wont accept comments, people on the Brainless cant count

headline two plus seven, article from Authority,n two to Broomfield, St Andrews ad eight to Cochester Hospital
the other article which wont accept comments, people on the Brainless cant count headline two plus seven, article from Authority,n two to Broomfield, St Andrews ad eight to Cochester Hospital pierre-pierre

9:57am Thu 6 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
How awful, sincerly hope it wasn't down, to some one attempting to bypass the meter, and use the gas supply for free, the root cause of similar tragedies of late...
It seems to be the prime source of these types of explosion lately. Some fella blew up an entire terrace recently. When the gas Cos. checked, half the street were bypassing the meters.

It happens and is on the increase.
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: How awful, sincerly hope it wasn't down, to some one attempting to bypass the meter, and use the gas supply for free, the root cause of similar tragedies of late...[/p][/quote]It seems to be the prime source of these types of explosion lately. Some fella blew up an entire terrace recently. When the gas Cos. checked, half the street were bypassing the meters. It happens and is on the increase. RochfordRob

6:33pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Misty4 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
You'dfeelbetterforkn

owingthat
wrote:
How awful, sincerly hope it wasn't down, to some one attempting to bypass the meter, and use the gas supply for free, the root cause of similar tragedies of late...
How typical of you. Thinking the worst of everyone as usual.

Shut up.

Tina, I suggest you set up the appeal through the local papers. You will generate more publicity and that will put it on a more official basis. Also this website is good for setting up funds. http://www.justgivin

g.com/

Not everyone is on facebook. Personally I avoid it like the plague.

I sincerely hope the people involved come through this. How absolutely shattering.
It is very rude of you to tell someone to 'shut up' just because you disagree with their opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: How awful, sincerly hope it wasn't down, to some one attempting to bypass the meter, and use the gas supply for free, the root cause of similar tragedies of late...[/p][/quote]How typical of you. Thinking the worst of everyone as usual. Shut up. Tina, I suggest you set up the appeal through the local papers. You will generate more publicity and that will put it on a more official basis. Also this website is good for setting up funds. http://www.justgivin g.com/ Not everyone is on facebook. Personally I avoid it like the plague. I sincerely hope the people involved come through this. How absolutely shattering.[/p][/quote]It is very rude of you to tell someone to 'shut up' just because you disagree with their opinion. Misty4

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