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Four people have died following an explosion at a waste water treatment works in Bristol, police have confirmed.
Firefighters were called to Wessex Water's premises in Avonmouth, Bristol, at about 11:20 GMT.
Emergency services are leading a rescue operation. The blast is thought to have involved a chemical tank, police said.
Chief Inspector Mark Runacres told a press conference at the scene three employees of Wessex Water and one contractor died in the incident.
“Emergency services were called at approximately 11.20am to reports of a large explosion involving one of the chemical tanks at the site off Kings Weston Lane,” he said.
“The fire service led the rescue operation but sadly, despite the best efforts of all those involved, we can confirm there have been four fatalities. This includes three employees of Wessex Water and one contractor.
“Specially trained officers have this afternoon made contact with each of the families of those individuals and informed them of the sad news.
“This is a tragic incident and our thoughts and sympathies go out to them.”
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Fire crews, police and paramedics responded to an explosion at the Wessex Water waste treatment site in Avonmouth on King Weston Lane at 11:20 GMT.
- At 13:30 GMT Avon Fire and Rescue confirmed six crews attending the scene and eyewitnesses reported seeing more than ten ambulances.
- Avon Fire and Rescue Service reported multiple casualties.
- The monthly Severnside siren tests due to sound at 15:00 GMT were cancelled due to the on-going incident.
- At 15:00 GMT Avon Fire and Rescue handed the incident over to the police.
- Avon and Somerset Police announced a full investigation was to be conducted.
- Emergency services are still currently at the scene.
Fire crews and other emergency services have been at the scene of a chemical blast in Avonmouth which has left several people injured.
Avon Fire and Rescue says police are now taking the reins.
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Patrick McCrory was delivering furniture to a nearby building when the explosion happened.
He spoke to someone who saw the explosion.Quote Message: I did speak with one of the workers there, and I asked him: 'Why have those rescue fire tenders just arrived with the cranes on, and they've only arrived now?' He said: 'There's still somebody missing, one of the people they haven't recovered.' He said that he had helped as part of a search party, with other colleagues to try and find people before the emergency vehicles arrived, so it was obviously quite traumatic for the people that were there. from Patrick McCrory Eyewitness
The explosion happened at a Wessex Water plant in Avonmouth close to Kings Weston Lane.
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Reporter Andrew Plant has been at the scene in Avonmouth and has taken us through what we know so far.
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Warehouse worker Kieran Jenkins was working nearby when the explosion happened.Quote Message: I think it was around 11:20 or something like that. An explosion, I moved inside the warehouse and the whole warehouse was shaking. And we literally stood there in shock because we thought everything was going to fall in. People started coming out from the warehouses over there, started coming out, saying, 'look over there'. The next thing we know, we look out the windows, all we see is people running. from Kieran Jenkins Eyewitness
There have been "multiple casualties" after an explosion at a waste water treatment works near Bristol.
Emergency services remain at the scene in Kings Weston Lane in Avonmouth.
This photo, taken by Avon and Somerset Police, shows the storage tank roof which was ruptured in the blast.Copyright: PA/Avon and Somerset Police
A large explosion has taken place at a waste treatment works in Avonmouth, Bristol.
Emergency services are currently near the Avonmouth warehouse following an explosion.Here are the latest pictures from the scene.Copyright: BBCCopyright: BBCCopyright: BBCCopyright: BBC
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