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Energy Group "cooperating fully" with emergency services after major explosion

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Saturday 10 December 2022

Energy Group "cooperating fully" with emergency services after major explosion

Saturday 10 December 2022


Islands Energy have said they are working with the emergency services following this morning's major explosion on Pier Road, which has left at least one person confirmed to have died, and twelve people missing.

Other residents were treated at the Town Hall, with St. Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft confirming some were now able to leave, and were being collected by friends and relatives.

Police have this morning been delivering supplies to the Parish Hall for those that remain.

"No-one here was actually injured, but we had people whose windows were blown in, and others from further away who'd been woken by the explosion and had to evacuate, they just came here in the first clothes they could find," he said.

"Our biggest concern is for those in hospital and if some people have lost their lives then our thoughts are with their families."

Mr Crowcroft said the incident was the biggest to affect St. Helier since the gasworks explosion in 2012, when the Town Hall was also a key focal point for helping those affected.

Islands Energy Group CEO Jo Cox said in a statement: "We are co-operating fully with the emergency services following the serious incident in St. Helier this morning.

"Our thoughts are with the residents of the area and anyone who has been affected.

"We are working with Jersey Fire and Rescue to understand exactly what has happened and will share more information once it is available. We ask that Islanders continue to follow the advice given by emergency services at this time."

A cordon remains in place around Pier Road, extending down towards the Weighbridge.

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Pictured: A cordon is in place at the bottom of Pier Road.

Islanders are being asked to avoid the Emergency Department unless strictly necessary as medics respond to the incident.

The vaccination centre at Fort Regent has been closed.

The Government is due to host a press conference shortly.

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"Walking wounded" treated at Town Hall after explosion on Pier Road

Pictured top: Constable Simon Crowcroft taking deliveries at the Town Hall (Jake Stolte), and the site of the explosion this morning (Matt Hotton).

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Posted by Scott Mills on
can anyone confirm if the fire service had visited the site beforehand. Where's andium? it's their premises, they are the landlord, facilties check all in order. I expect an independent fire service/health and safety executive from the UK to also carry out an investigation, sooner rather than later. The victim(s) deserve this, and not a shut up shop of silence. RIP to the person who died, How very tragic.
Posted by Private Individual on
Questions should now start to be asked what caused this life destroying explosion.

Serious questions need to be answered, as they knew hours before this happened that there was a suspected gas leak. I drove past the police at 8.30pm when they had diverted traffic at the bottom of the tunnel.

Why weren't people evacuated hours before this tragic event happened with the loss of life that has now taken place. Who was responsible for not informing the public about a possible gas leak?
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