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3 dead and a dozen missing after an explosion on the island of Jersey

Three people have been killed and around 10 others are still missing after an explosion early Saturday morning in a building on the island of Jersey, off the coast of northern France.

“We now have, I regret to say, three deaths,” Robin Smith, Jersey States Chief Police Officer, told a news conference.

The explosion happened just before 0400 GMT and the fire has since been extinguished. Emergency services will continue to search for survivors throughout the night, Smith said.

He confirmed fire departments were called to the property on Friday night before the blast after residents reported the smell of gas. He did not comment on the cause of the explosion and said it would be investigated.

Smith said a three-storey building, near the port in the island’s capital, St Helier, had completely collapsed.

He said 20 to 30 people had been evacuated and two “walking wounded” had been taken to hospital.

Jersey is a British Crown dependency with a resident population of just over 100,000.

New York Post

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