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Gas explosion in Essex flattens houses and injures at least ten people

One person is said to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

Scene in Clacton, Essex.
Scene in Clacton, Essex.
Image: Screengrab Sky News

TEN PEOPLE HAVE been taken to hospital following a gas explosion on a residential street in Essex.

Sky News reports that one person is said to have suffered from life-threatening injuries, while another two people are in a “serious condition”.

The Essex Police confirmed that 19 houses have been evacuated and that there are ten casualties.

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

Five emergency ambulances, one paramedic rapid response car, our hazardous area response team (HART) and several ambulance Incident Officers were sent to the scene. Two air ambulances are also at scene and Colchester General Hospitals and Broomfield Hospital have been put on alert.

The police added that electricity will be be turned off in Cloes Lane, affecting the whole street for some time and they have asked that people stay away from the area.

Anyone who is concerned about friends or relatives can contact Essex Police by calling 101, extension 489803.

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