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Dramatic pictures of the Clacton house that collapsed following an explosion. Pictures: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Fire and Rescue workers survey the scene at a house, divided into three flats, in Wellesley Road, Clacton following a suspected gas explosion in the early hours of Monday morning.
A family of four was rescued from the roof of the building and firefighters saved a woman and a man from inside. The man was trapped under rubble.
About 60 people were evacuated from homes. An adjoining property is also believed to be unstable.
Fire and Rescue worker Graham Currie with sniffer dog Kirby, who discovered a casualty buried in the rubble at a house.
A view of rubble at the scene at a house in Wellesley Road, Clacton. It is thought that all residents have been accounted for by the Urban Search and Rescue Team.
Assistant Divisional Officer Martyn Hare said: "We believe there has been a gas explosion which has caused substantial collapse in a house which has been converted into flats. "Firefighting operations are continuing at the scene. The road has been closed and neighbouring properties have been evacuated."
Firefighter Neil Holloway added: "It is extremely lucky that no-one has died here and it is testament to the skill of firefighters and the search and rescue team that everyone has been rescued alive."