Picture Gallery: Clacton explosion leaves two people with serious burns

Fire crews battle the blaze.
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.
Two houses were 'flattened' by the blast.
And another house was seriously damaged.
And another house was seriously damaged. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Only rubble was left following the explosion.
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.
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.
Fire crews had to act quickly to bring the blaze under control. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Emergency services united to deliver a quick response.
Emergency services united to deliver a quick response. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Two air ambulances were sent to the scene.
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.
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