This live event has finished
- Major gas explosion in Cloes Lane, Clacton, just after 8.30am
- Two semi-detached houses are believed to have suffered major damage
- Police: two people suffering from serious burns
Road closures + cordons will remain in place overnight + will be reviewed in the morning #ClactonExplosion— @EssexPoliceUK 05 February 2014
Demolition teams are moving in to pull down what is left of the building. Police say the blast zone will remain cordoned off overnight and the road will stay closed until it is safe. The evacuation centre at Clacton Town Hall will close at 6.30pm.
Anyone else who needs help should contact Tendring Council’s 24-hour helpline on 01255 222022.
#Clacton road closure update: Cloes Lane is still closed between B1027 St John's Road and Douglas Road. Flatford Drive is also still closed.— @ECFRS 05 February 2014
Our team in Clacton is equipped with a specially adapted vehicle which provides safe shelter as well as clothing, food and shower facilities— @BritishRedCross 05 February 2014
Nick Alston, police and crime commissioner for Essex, said: "I am saddened to learn of the incident earlier this morning in Cloes Lane, Clacton, in which a number of people were injured, some seriously. My deepest sympathy is with them all.
"Early accounts suggest that there was a rapid and effective response by all the emergency services, to control the aftermath of the explosion, treat the injured, evacuate local people and ensure the wider community was kept safe.
"Our police, fire and medical teams have highly developed emergency plans to ensure that they can respond quickly and professionally to tragedies such as this, and seek to control the harm caused.
"I was briefed on the incident by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh soon after it happened. I have been following its development with great concern for those injured, and admiration for the manner in which the emergency services and the local community have responded."
Two people and their pet dogs have taken refuge at Clacton Town Hall following Cloes Lane explosion @Tendring_DC— @JamesDwan 05 February 2014
Our response to the Clacton explosion has included ensuring affected pets are safe and secure.— @BritishRedCross 05 February 2014
Essex Police confirm two people suffered serious burns and another seven suffered minor injuries following gas blast in Clacton— @JamesDwan 05 February 2014
Another photo from John McLellan at the scene:
Aerial images, taken by photographer John McLellan, show the extent of the damage caused by the explosion
Thoughts with everyone involved today in the #ClactonExplosion the emergency services are amazing. #Clacton— @closparks21 05 February 2014
RT @AvonFBU: @ECFRS @EssexFBU Thoughts with all affected by the #ClactonExplosion #fbu— @EssexFBU 05 February 2014
Another picture of fire dog Darcy at the scene (Photo: ECFRS)
Thinking of those involved in the #ClactonExplosion today. Awful scenes...— @yllopx 05 February 2014
12:28pm Wed 5 Feb 14
Tina Reeve says
We have just created a new group on Facebook for support and donations.
Here is Essex Fire dog Darcy searching through the rubble to check no casualties are buried underneath (Photo: ECFRS)
Unbelievable pic from the explosion this morning! The houses have just gone!!#ClactonExplosion http://t.co/paVbz28fZX— @gracielaing91 05 February 2014
Sad and shocking scenes from #Clacton - thoughts with all affected and huge praise for emergency service personnel in our part of #Essex— @jordannewell 05 February 2014
Picture of the house ripped apart by an explosion in Clacton before the incident this morning
Ambulance service: "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.
"Five ambulances, several ambulance incident officers, the hazardous area response team (HART) and two air ambulances attended the scene and treated casualties on scene before they were taken to hospital."
Ambulance service: "A paramedic response car was at the scene in just over 3 minutes after several 999 calls were received at 8.27am."
Ambulance service statement: "Critical care has been given to two people following a house explosion in Clacton. They have been taken to Broomfield Hospital, and eight others have been taken to Colchester General Hospital (CGH) following the incident in Cloes Lane this morning."
RT @AshKapow: Glad my Nan's ok, although there are still people unaccounted #ClactonExplosion http://t.co/6bh4OVCs47— @AlisonBagley1 05 February 2014
Essex Police say a cordon is up around Flatford Drive junction and Cloes Lane to Hadleigh Road. Nien-Oord closed. Residents can't yet go home. Schools not affected.
ACFO Paul Hill reports a fire investigation is already under way and although not confirmed yet, it appears that gas was involved.
ACFO Paul HIll " The power of an explosion fuelled by gas can be seen here and in the neighbouring streets - it is immense"
ACFO Paul Hill: "Incidents like this show how important it is to make sure gas appliances are well maintained"
Here's a pic of the #Clacton gas explosion aftermath as firefighters control the gas-fuelled fire. Horrific. http://t.co/6rFLf5I1vS— @dave_lambert77 05 February 2014
Last picture comes from Essex Police whose officers are at the scene now.
We now have a gallery of pictures as they come in from the Clacton explosion. It can be viewed by clicking here. Live updates and more pictures as we get them will be added to this live blog as we get them.
#ClactonExplosion: Cordon: Flatford Dv jct + Cloes Lane to Hadleigh Rd. Nien-Oord closed. Residents can't yet go home. Schools not affected.— @EssexPoliceUK 05 February 2014
A fire investigation has started at the scene of the house explosion in Cloes Lane, Clacton. #ClactonExplosion— @ECFRS 05 February 2014
Our first paramedic response car was on scene in just over 3 minutes following the 999 calls been made this morning about #clactonexplosion— @EEAST_Incidents 05 February 2014
Latest statement from the East of England Ambulance Service:
Critical care has been given to two people following a house explosion in Clacton. They have been taken to Broomfield Hospital, and 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.
Five ambulances, several ambulance incident officers, the hazardous area response team (HART) and two air ambulances attended the scene and treated casualties on scene before they were taken to hospital.
#ClactonExplosion - another photo from the scene fo the incident in Cloes Lane. http://t.co/fXi0A9cwXX— @ECFRS 05 February 2014
#ClactonExplosion - more pictures from the scene. http://t.co/46xMmUuTkX— @ECFRS 05 February 2014
#ClactonExplosion Seven walking wounded, including 1 young teenager. Electricity turned off and will affect whole street for some time.— @ClactonGazette 05 February 2014
Search dogs, including Darcy ECFRS' fire dog, are being used to ensure everyone has been accounted for and no casualties remain buried.
Statement from Essex Police:
Police have evacuated 19 properties in relation to the explosion in Clacton.
These include ten properties in Cloes Lane, where the explosion occurred, and nine in the road immediately behind the affected property.
There are ten casualties. One is in a life-threatening condition, two are in a severe condition.
The other seven are walking wounded, including one young teenager.
The electricity is going to be turned off and will affect the whole street for some time.
Anyone who is concerned about friends or relatives can contact Essex Police on 101, extension 489803.
10 people have been injured in the house explosion this morning - two seriously. All taken to hospital. Details to follow. #clactonexplosion— @EEAST_Incidents 05 February 2014
#clacton explosion http://t.co/ceKTILJfNL— @shauntrez2 05 February 2014
Statement from the East of England Ambulance Service:
We received several 999 calls to reports of an explosion in Cloes Lane, Clacton at 8.27am this morning (February 5).
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.
Clacton-Cloes Lane closed between B1027 St John's Rd and Douglas Road after a gas explosion. Flatford Drive has also been closed— @EssexTravelNews 05 February 2014
Here is the location of Cloes Lane, where emergency services were first called just after 8.30am
An Essex Police spokesman said: "Several houses have been damaged. There have been reports of casualties.
"The immediate area is currently being evacuated. People are advised to avoid the area while emergency services deal with the scene."
RT @DouglasCarswell: “@dave_lambert77: Major gas explosion in #Clacton. Details updated as we get them - http://t.co/CES4zQ7E7v” <- any fol…— @LorrainePrice1 05 February 2014
#ClactonExplosion - the evacuation of properties is now complete and the Gas Board are in attendance assessing the scene.— @ECFRS 05 February 2014
RT @EssexPoliceUK: Cloes Lane, #Clacton 8.30am dealing with reports of an explosion. Houses damaged - reports of casualties - immediate are…— @NatashaAgombar 05 February 2014
RT @EEAST_Incidents: Statement on the house explosion in Clacton this morning: http://t.co/Ki7er1X0ny Stay tuned for further updates. #clac…— @AmboOfficer 05 February 2014
Picture from the scene with emergency services in attendance
Explosion was in Cloes Lane - fire service report multiple casualties. Area has been cordoned off. #Clacton— @dave_lambert77 05 February 2014
Major gas explosion in Clacton. Our reporter is at the scene - if you saw or heard anything, or have pics from the scene, let us know.— @ClactonGazette 05 February 2014
One casualty taken on stretcher to air ambulance following explosion in Clacton— @JamesDwan 05 February 2014
Five people have been taken to hospital following a major gas explosion in Clacton.
One is reported to have life threatening injuries and a further five people are being treated at the scene by paramedics.
The blast is believed to have happened in Cloes Lane just after 8.30am today.
Two semi-detached houses are believed to have suffered major damage and a gas-fuelled fire is still burning at the scene.
Other properties were damaged by flying debris.
Neighbours helped pull victims from the rubble.