Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Clacton: “We heard this almighty bang and literally everything in the house shook” – eyewitnesses’ accounts after explosion

21:57 05 February 2014

Firefighters in action in Cloes Lane, Clacton - photo courtesy of Essex Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters in action in Cloes Lane, Clacton - photo courtesy of Essex Fire and Rescue Service

Graham S Dean Photography

Eyewitnesses have shared their accounts of what happened in the moments after a suspected gas explosion in Clacton.

Ryan Platt, who lives opposite the property in Cloes Lane destroyed by yesterday’s suspected gas explosion, said the impact of the blast shook his entire house.

“We were sat in the lounge when we heard this unbelievably loud bang. I thought ‘what the hell was that?’ It was like a bomb going off,” he said.

“We went outside and everyone was coming out of their houses to see what was going on. It was a big shock to everyone.”

Doreen Baker, of Deben Avenue, lives just behind the property ripped apart by the blaze.

“The bang shook the whole house,” she said, explaining only minor damage was sustained to her roof.

“Everyone was running outside and I got my broom out of the garage to help sweep away the debris and tried to help as much as I could because I was very concerned.” Resident Stuart Coe added: “We were sitting there having breakfast and the next thing we heard this almighty bang and literally everything shook in the house – the conservatory shook, it felt like the roof was shaking.

“Obviously, the kids were upset and crying, we didn’t know what was going on. It’s like a bomb going off. It was a pretty nasty event.”

Grace Cooke, 21, who lives nearby, said: “I am overwhelmed by it all. I couldn’t believe it. There were loads of emergency service vehicles. I hope there are no serious injuries.”

Cloes Lane resident Gwen Mitchell, 70, who lives about 30 yards from the blast scene and is a Conservative councillor at Tendring District Council, said: “It’s about 12 to 14 houses up the road from me on the opposite side to me. There was a very strong acidic, smoky smell in the air.

“My heart has been doing flips ever since I heard the news. You don’t expect this to happen so close to your own home.

“I thank God that it’s not me involved and I dearly hope that no-one is badly injured. There is insulation being blown up the road, which I presume has come from the house, and we have had people from the gas and electricity boards here.”

0 comments

Stock image.

A BMW was involved in a single-vehicle crash in Suffolk on Saturday night.

Inflatable 5k Santa Run at Trinity Park in Ipswich, December 2016.

Delivering millions of presents around the world in a single night won’t seem as strenuous this Christmas for Santa after he completed a gruelling obstacle course in Ipswich.

A120 at Marks Tey

A young man was killed during a crash between a car and a lorry in Essex this morning.

The RSPCA centre in Martlesham is appealing to animal lovers to consider adopting a new pet

The RSPCA are appealing for animal lovers to come forward and adopt some of the cute creatures they are looking to rehome.

Colchester police station

An 11-year-old girl from Colchester who police were searching for yesterday (December 2) has returned home.

St John's Church, Felixstowe. The Victorian Christmas Market. 
Kay and Debbie, stallholders with handmade stationery, jewellery & accessories.
Photo by:Gill Atacocugu.

Eagle-eyed shoppers have spent the day looking for the ideal gift at a Christmas market at a church in Felixstowe.

Partners Barbara Grace and Alan Sarfas are threatening to dismantle their beach hut and rebuild it outside Suffolk Coastal HQ if plans go ahead for a rates rise they say is unaffordable.

“We won’t let this happen without making a lot of noise”.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24