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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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."
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
“They will be made comfortable and looked after by volunteer staff at the Council for
as long as is necessary.”
Fire crews are continuing to battle a blaze caused by an explosion in Clacton, Essex, earlier today.
Two houses were 'flattened' and another was badly damaged.
#ClactonExplosion Electricity will be be turned off in Cloes Lane, affecting the whole street for some time.
A serious gas explosion in Essex has resulted in ten people being taken to hospital, with two seriously injured.
Two homes were said to be "flattened" by the blast at Cloes Lane in Clacton and a third was badly damaged.
Click below to see devastating aerial images of the scene
"Critical care has been given to two people following a house explosion in Clacton. They have been taken to Broomfield Hospital. Eight others have been taken to Colchester General Hospital (CGH) following the incident in Cloes Lane this morning.
"A man, believed to be in his 70s, was airlifted to Broomfield Hospital in a life-threatening after being anaesthetised on scene by air ambulance paramedics. A woman, believed to be in her 50s, was taken to Broomfield with severe burns.
"The other casualties were taken with serious and minor injuries to CGH. Injuries include burns, and trauma injuries such as broken legs."
#ClactonExplosion 19 houses evacuated; 10 in Cloes Lane + 9 in Dedham Ave. 10 casualties; 1 is life-threatening, 2 in a severe condition.
A total of 10 people were injured in an house explosion in Clacton, Essex, two seriously, East of England Ambulance Service said today.
#ClactonExplosion - the evacuation of properties is now complete and the Gas Board are in attendance assessing the scene.