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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

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

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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

Clacton Explosion: Council sets up reception centre to care for evacuated residents

13 people have been taken to a reception centre at Clacton Town Hall following the earlier blast.
13 people have been taken to a reception centre at Clacton Town Hall following the earlier blast. Credit: Essex Police

Tendring District Council has set up a reception centre in Clacton to offer support for residents who were evacuated from their homes earlier today following an explosion in the town.

The Council has been asked to take 13 people who live in the surrounding properties affected by the blast.

The evacuees will be brought to the centre, at Clacton Town Hall, by minibus with the transport

being arranged by Essex County Council.

Nigel Brown, TDC’s Communications Manager, said: “We are getting the Essex Hall

ready to take those we have been asked to accommodate at the request of Essex

Police.

“They will be made comfortable and looked after by volunteer staff at the Council for

as long as is necessary.”

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