The explosion in Avonmouth at a sewer works has claimed four lives it has now been reported.
Four confirmed dead in Bristol Blast: Three are confirmed as Wessex water employees, and one contractor. Another was injured but his condition is claimed as OK. Emergency services have been in attendance most of the day after fire crews were notified at 11.20am this morning. A large explosion was reported and police and ambulance teams quickly responded aswell.
It is believed to have been one of the chemical tanks at the Wessex water centre. The workers killed were on top of the tank at the time of the explosion. The lime like substance in the tank is used in the water treatment process. No further risk to the public has been declared.
Families of the dead have been notified, and receiving support from officers.
Luke Gazzard, Avon Fire and Rescue Incident Commander, said the incident had been “very challenging”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “our hearts go out” to the victims of the Avonmouth tragedy and their families. He tweeted: “Deeply saddened to learn that four people have lost their lives in the water works explosion in Avonmouth.”
Earlier, witness Jawad Burhan told Sky News he heard a “boom”, then saw a helicopter “looking for missing people”, and police shutting a road near to the tank, which he believed to be part of a waste centre.
Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, tweeted: “My family and I are keeping those affected in our thoughts and prayers, following the tragic consequences of the explosion in Avonmouth today. “Can I thank the emergency services – including Avon and Somerset Police, the South West Ambulance Service and Avon Fire & Rescue – for their responsiveness and support. “I’m pleased that the situation has been contained and that there is no further risk to local people. “There will be a full investigation taking place but, for now, we pay our respects to those who have suffered and lost their lives today.”
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