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Picture Gallery: Clacton explosion leaves two people with serious burns

Fire crews battle the blaze. Photo: Eyewitness Wayne, from Clacton.

Two people are being treated for serious burns and eight other people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries after a explosion ripped through homes in Essex this morning, sparking a fire.

Two houses were flattened and a third badly damaged by the blast at Cloes Lane in Clacton and a school has been evacuated.

Ambulance crews have spent the morning assessing casualties and emergency services say everyone has now been accounted for.

A gallery of images from the scene can be seen below

Two houses were 'flattened' by the blast.
And another house was seriously damaged. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Only rubble was left following the explosion. Credit: ITV News Anglia
13 people have been taken to a reception centre at Clacton Town Hall after being evacuated. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Fire crews had to act quickly to bring the blaze under control. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Emergency services united to deliver a quick response. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Two air ambulances were sent to the scene. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Flying debris also caused damage to properties in other nearby streets, as seen here at Kersey Drive. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Click below to see aerial footage of the trail of destruction left by the blast

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