CCTV captures explosion in Jersey which killed one person and left 12 missing
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An explosion in Jersey has tragically killed one person and left another 12 missing, local police have confirmed.
Shocking CCTV footage captured the moment the block of flats burst into flames.
States of Jersey Police has warned people to stay away from the residential area as it continues to respond to the incident, which unfolded at around 4am this morning (10 December) on Pier Road, St Helier.
In a tweet, the force said: "The fire has been put out, but emergency services are still carrying out significant work.
"Please continue to avoid the area. We’ll continue to provide updates throughout the day."
Authorities later confirmed that a 'number of residents are still missing' and that relatives are being contacted by family liaison officers.
It has now been confirmed that at least one person has died from the explosion and searches are underway to locate those who are missing.
Chief Officer Robin Smith told reporters in a press conference today that 'around a dozen' people have not been located.
"Given the destruction of the building it is hard to properly assess the numbers," he explained.
"We are looking in the region of around a dozen, currently... that number could fluctuate, that’s the number we’re operating to."
Smith continued: "I don't know the exact number of the flats destroyed, but we have a three storey building that has completely collapsed.
"Described as, from a demolition point of view, probably as a pancake that has just dropped almost sort of straight down.
"As you will have seen, I'm sure, from some of the pictures that are already circulating, it is considerable destruction.
"And there is also damage to a nearby building as well, another set block of flats which the fire service needs to make safe.
"It is a pretty devastating scene, I regret to say."
Although the cause of the explosion is yet to be confirmed, Smith said fire services attended the scene that night after a report of the smell of gas.
A support line has since been opened for those seeking information about family members who may have been affected by the incident.
The numbers are 0800 753 5566 (freeline) and 01534 445566, with Jersey police urging to 'call these numbers and not the police 612612'.
Officers added: "Thank you to everyone for their offers of help so far. Andium Homes have provided accommodation to all those affected."
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