Today, Saturday, an explosion and fire targeted a building in Channel Island, Jersey, killing at least three people and leaving others missing, police said.
Jersey Police Chief Robin Smith told a news conference that “about a dozen” residents were missing in the aftermath of the blast in the town of St Helier.
Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, is a self-governing dependency of the United Kingdom located off the coast of northern France in the English Channel.
Smith said a three-story building had “completely collapsed” and a nearby building was damaged. He described the scene as “devastating” and warned of the possibility of more deaths.
Smith said firefighters had been called to the area the night before after residents reported smelling gas.
He said the police would investigate whether there was a safety issue with the pipelines.
Police said in a statement that while the fire was being put out, the emergency services were doing an excellent job at the scene.
The authorities advised residents to avoid the blast area, which has been cordoned off.
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