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Dog rescued from rubble days after Clacton explosion

A dog has been found under the rubble after a gas explosion flattened houses in Clacton on Wednesday.

Pictures of the dog, who looked well considering it's ordeal, were tweeted by an account run by the handler of a Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue search dog.

Domestic gas fault likely cause of Clacton blast

Firefighters believe a domestic gas fault is likely to have caused an explosion which destroyed two houses and injured 10 people in Essex.

One semi-detached house was razed to the ground and the second floor of a neighbouring property was left hanging precariously following the blast in Clacton. A third property was also wrecked.

One man, believed to be in his 70s, is in a life-threatening condition after the blast in Cloes Lane, at around 8.30am.

A woman, thought to be in her 50s, was taken to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, with severe burns.

Search dog scours rubble after Clacton house blast

Essex Fire Service's search dog - Darcy - has been taken to the site of an explosion in Cloes Lane, Clacton, to ensure everyone is accounted for.

Ten people were injured following the blast this morning, which is thought to have been caused by gas.

Darcy and her handler search the rubble in Cloes Lane, Clacton. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service
Ten people were injured - two seriously - following the blast this morning. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service
Two homes were flattened by the blast and a third was badly damaged. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service


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Clacton explosion: Fire crews continue to tackle devastating blaze

Firefighters tackle the blaze on Cloes Lane. Credit: Eyewitness Wayne, from Clacton.

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.

Fire service photographs show extent of blast damage

Ten people have been taken to hospital - two of them seriously injured - following a gas explosion at a residential street in Clacton, Essex. Two homes were said to be "flattened" by the blast and a third was badly damaged.

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