Three people have died in an explosion at an apartment block on the self-governing island of Georgiy, off the northern coast of France, authorities have confirmed.
Dozens are still missing in the explosion before Saturday morning, according to Reuters.
A three-story building near the harbor in the island’s capital, St. Helier, completely collapsed after the explosion, Georgia police chief Robin Smith said.
“Now with sadness, three people are dead,” he said at the press conference.
The explosion occurred shortly before 4 a.m. The fire was extinguished. Emergency services will continue into the night to search for the missing, Smith said.
The police officer said that the fire department was called to the building on Friday evening as the residents smelled gas.
However, it could not be confirmed whether it had anything to do with the pre-dawn blast. That will be known only after investigation, said Smith.
Georgia is not part of the United Kingdom, which is a British royal family. It is the largest of the Channel Islands between the UK and France, with a population of just over 100,000.
Smith said that 20-30 people have been evacuated to a safe place due to the explosion.
Two injured people who could walk have been treated at the hospital, he said.