Feb 5 2014
People have been evacuated from their homes following an explosion in a residential street.
Police and other emergency services were called to Cloes Lane, Clacton, Essex, just before 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."
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said a house at the centre of the blast was on fire, adding that there were multiple casualties.
The incident commander reported two semi-detached houses have been affected by the blast, causing a gas-fuelled fire, which is being allowed to burn under control.
A spokesman said: "Numerous other properties have been affected by flying debris and are being evacuated.
"Firefighters are searching the rubble and dealing with multiple casualties with various injuries. There are still people unaccounted for."
The fire service tweeted that two houses had been "flattened" and another badly damaged.