Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


PHOTOS: Gas explosion in flat

Appleford Court, Pitsea
14/09/2020 @ 13:59
Incident Number: 130885
In attendance: 1 x Basildon, 1 x Rayleigh Weir, 1 x Leigh, 1 x Orsett, 1 x Corringham, 1 x Wickford and 1 x Grays Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP)

Update 6.30pm

Firefighters are continuing to work with Cadent and UK Power Network on site.

Our Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team has confirmed the whole building is structurally unsafe and no longer habitable. 

Crews are continuing to monitor hotspots and expect to be able to hand the site over to the building contractors within the next couple of hours. 

The incident commander has thanked crews and partner agencies for their hard work. 

Update 4:30pm

Firefighters have extinguished the fire and are monitoring hotspots.

Our Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team will use monitoring equipment to look for any signs of collapse in the building and to assess structural damage.

All residents in the apartment block have been rendered homeless.

A cordon is in place to prevent any risk to the public.

Essex Police has closed Halston Way, Woodcote Crescent and Kingsdown Close. 

Incident details:

Firefighters have been called to reports of a gas explosion in a flat in Appleford Court, Pitsea.

Two crews were sent to the scene initially and on arrival requested the assistance of a further four crews and an Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) to inspect the damage to a top floor flat in a three storey apartment block.

The fire has spread through the top floor flat and to the roof of the apartment block.

Crews are working to extinguish the fire in sections.

The residents in the apartment block have been evacuated and there is no risk to neighbouring buildings.

One casualty was treated by firefighters at the scene for burns to his legs and was taken to hospital by the Ambulance Service. An air ambulance was dispatched but was not needed. 

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