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Clacton gas blast: Six rescued from collapsed house

Six people have been rescued from a house in Essex which collapsed in what is thought to have been a gas explosion.

Firefighters were called to the property in Wellesley Road, Clacton, this morning

A woman was rescued from the building and a man was found in the rubble. Police at the scene rescued a further four people from the roof area.

All were treated for injuries and one woman suffered serious burns.

A fire service spokesman said all residents had been accounted for.

About 60 people have been evacuated from nearby properties and the road has been closed.

Station officer Martin Hare, from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We believe there has been a gas explosion which has caused substantial collapse in a house which has been converted into flats.”

Firefighter Neil Holloway added: “When crews arrived they were faced with a house which had almost totally collapsed.

“Four people had been led to safety and a woman was quickly rescued from the rear of the building.

“The urban search and rescue team quickly located a man trapped in the rubble. It is extremely lucky that no-one has died.

“The fire is under the rubble and is proving hard to get to so I expect firefighting operations will continue for several hours.”