At least three people have died and about 12 people are believed to be missing after an explosion in a block of flats in St Helier, Jersey police have said.

Iran PressEurope: The blast at Haut du Mont, Pier Road, in the capital, occurred at about 4 am on Saturday, less than eight hours after firefighters had been called to the site after concerns from residents, it was confirmed.

Two people who were in the hospital earlier have been discharged and one other person is receiving treatment for non-serious injuries.

In a press conference on Saturday afternoon alongside the head of the fire, police, and ambulance services, the island’s chief minister Kristina Moore announced at least three people had died, with a search and rescue operation to find more people continuing all day and all through the night into Sunday.

Paul Brown, chief fire officer, said: “The area is being lit and teams will be working tonight, all night, and we will not stop for the time being.”


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