Several injured and homes destroyed in Clacton explosion

Homes have been evacuated and ten people have been taken to hospital following an explosion in Clacton.

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Clacton explosion: Last casualty discharged from Colchester Hospital

Colchester Hospital have confirmed that all eight people who suffered minor injuries as a result of yesterday's explosion in Clacton have been discharged.

Seven casualties were well enough to leave yesterday and the last patient was allowed to go home this afternoon (Thursday 6 February).

Two people who suffered "serious burns" remain in a stable condition at Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford.

Clacton explosion: Seven casualties discharged from Colchester Hospital, with another expected to be released later today

Ten people in total were injured as a result of the blast.
Ten people in total were injured as a result of the blast. Credit: Eyewitness Wayne, from Clacton.

Colchester Hospital have confirmed that only one of the eight people who suffered minor injuries as a result of yesterday's explosion in Clacton spent the night under their supervision.

The other seven casualties were deemed to be well enough to leave yesterday, while the remaining man is described as being in a "very comfortable" condition and is expected to be discharged later today.

Two people who suffered "serious burns" remain at Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford.

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Clacton explosion: Injured pair currently in a stable condition in hospital

The Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford.
The Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford. Credit: PA

A man and a woman who suffered serious burns after an explosion in Clacton earlier today are currently in a stable condition in hospital.

The pair were rushed to the St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns at Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford.

Broomfield Hospital say that they are continuing to carefully monitor both patients and that there will be no further updates today.

Read more: Injuries not thought to be life-threatening

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Clacton explosion: Injuries not thought to be life-threatening

Emergency services attended the scene.
Emergency services attended the scene. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex Police say that a woman and a man have been taken to the specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford where they are being treated for "serious burns."

However, their injuries are not though to be life-threatening at this stage.

A further seven people are in hospital with minor injuries, taking the total to nine, not ten as was previously thought to be the case.

Read more: Nine injured in major Clacton explosion

Clacton Explosion: Eyewitness compares aftermath of blast to "the stuff you see in films"

An eyewitness has likened the trail of destruction left by a gas explosion in Clacton today to a nightmare movie scene.

10 people have been taken to hospital following a blast which 'flattened' two houses on Cloes Lane.

Darren Elsey lives nearby to where the tragic incident occurred.

"It was just rubble, it was like the stuff you see in films," he said.

"You don't expect to see that six doors away from your house.

"It's unbelievable. It was just rubble, rubbish and burning everywhere."

Clacton explosion: Fire Officer concedes that domestic gas could have been cause of blast

The Assistant Chief Fire Officer of the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has admitted that domestic gas could have been the cause of a serious explosion in Clacton this morning.

ACFO Paul Hill went on to say that an investigation into the incident is now underway, and although a gas complication looks to be the cause of the blast, investigators can't be certain until the examination is complete.

"At the moment, it it looks like it involved domestic gas," he said.

"But we can't be sure until we've finished the fire investigation."

Read more: Bird's eye view reveals extent of the devastation

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