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Five people taken to hospital after houses 'flattened'

Essex Fire Service has tweeted:

  1. Anglia

Colchester General Hospitals and Broomfield Hospital 'on alert' following Clacton explosion

We received several 999 calls to reports of an explosion in Cloes Lane, Clacton at 8.27am this morning.

We immediately sent five emergency ambulances, one paramedic rapid response car, our hazardous area response team (HART) and several ambulance Incident Officers.

Two air ambulances are also at scene and Colchester General Hospitals and Broomfield Hospital have been put on alert.

Our crews are currently assessing the level and nature of injuries of those involved.

We are working closely with other emergency services at the scene, our priority being to get patients to hospital to ensure they receive the expert medical help they need as quickly as possible.

– East of England Ambulance Service

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Multiple casualties after 'gas fuelled' explosion

Firefighters have been called to reports of an explosion in Cloes Lane, Clacton.

Essex Fire Service says a semi-detached house is on fire and multiple casualties have been reported.

An explosion has been reported in Cloes Lane, Clacton. Credit: Google Maps
Essex Fire Service are responding to reports of an explosion in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Credit: Google Maps

A statement reads: "At 9am, the incident commander reports two semi detached houses have been affected by the blast causing a gas-fuelled fire, which is being allowed to burn under control.

"Numerous other properties have been affected by flying debris and are being evacuated. Firefighters are searching the rubble and dealing with multiple casualties with various injuries. There are still people unaccounted for."

People 'unaccounted for' after Clacton explosion

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