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, just before 02:30 BST.

A woman was rescued from the building and a man was found in the rubble. Police attending the incident 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.”

A structural engineer who assessed the building said the adjoining property was unstable.

Gary Sanderson, from the East of England Ambulance Service, said all six people were treated for injuries and one woman was taken to hospital with serious burns.

He said: “Three women and a man were taken to Colchester Hospital suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.”