1. ITV Report

Elderly woman rescued from Clacton bungalow after gas explosion

An elderly woman has been rescued from a bungalow in Clacton in Essex following a fire and gas explosion which wrecked the property.

Four crews from Essex Fire and Rescue Service were called to Hawthorn Road at around 6.30 am on Monday and confirmed that a small fire was burning following a gas explosion within the semi-detached home.

An elderly lady, who was in the bungalow at the time of the incident, had been rescued by neighbours and was in the care of the East of England Ambulance Service.

Essex firefighters were called to a fire and gas explosion in a bungalow in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Due to concerns regarding the structural integrity of the building, firefighters requested the support of Urban Search and Rescue teams.

"An aerial ladder platform was also called to allow crews to inspect the roof.

"Gas engineers were also requested to attend to investigate the source of gas."

– Essex Fire & Rescue Service

An investigation into what ignited the gas will take place later today once the building has been declared safe to enter.