ITV News Anglia rounds up a tragic day in Clacton which saw two houses 'flattened' and several people injured after a major explosion.
Ten people have been taken to hospital following a major explosion in Clacton which 'flattened' two houses.
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Police are hunting two men who stole jewellery from a home in Clacton after pretending to be from 'Anglia Water.' The men called at a house in Hayes Road between 2pm and 2.30pm on Tuesday, February 18, asking to check the water pressure.
While they were there they distracted the resident, a woman in her 20s, and stole a large quantity of jewellery worth a four-figure sum. The man in the Efit is described as white, around 6ft tall, of skinny build and aged in his mid-40s.
The second was white, around 5ft 9in tall and of stocky build. He had dark black hair and stubble around his face. He was also believed to be aged in his mid 40s. He wore black shoes, smart black trousers and a black smart looking coat with a white shirt or t-shirt beneath.
Both men were wearing a silver chain around their necks which had a laminated white piece of card attached which read "Anglia Water". People are being urged to be vigilant and check identification. If in doubt contact the company who will be happy to confirm if the people calling are legitimate.
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.
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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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.
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.
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."