One person was killed and at least 12 people are missing in an explosion in the compound of a residential building in the European country of Jersey. Two people were rescued from there and admitted to the hospital.
According to the BBC, the incident took place at around 4am GMT at a residential building on Pier Road in St Helier.
Rescue operations are underway and it will take ‘several days’ to complete, said Police Chief Robin Smith.
“The area has been reduced to rubble… one of the most devastating conditions our staff has ever seen,” he said.
“We are yet to understand how many buildings have been damaged in the blast. However, a three-storey building has completely collapsed there.”
According to emergency services, there was a large fire after the explosion. Later the fire was brought under control.
It is also reported from the organization that they are looking to see if anyone is trapped under the rubble.
This small autonomous region next to England is under the British monarch.
The island’s chief minister, Christina Moore, said Jersey residents had seen ‘how strong our emergency services are’.
A resident told the BBC that the blast was so powerful he thought it was an earthquake.
“I was asleep. Suddenly I felt my bed shake and then I heard a loud noise. I immediately looked online for reports of earthquakes or large-scale lightning.”