One killed and about 12 missing in explosion at flats in Jersey

One person has been killed and several others are missing after a large explosion on the island of Jersey’s capital St Helier, off the coast of northern France.A three-storey building had completely collapsed and a rescue operation was under way, said Robin Smith, the chief officer of the States of Jersey Police.

About a dozen residents are still missing after the incident at approximately 4am (04:00 GMT), police chief Smith said, urging people to avoid the area.

Smith confirmed that fire services had been called to the property on Friday after residents reported the smell of gas. He did not comment on the cause of the explosion, adding that there will be an investigation.

Jersey is a self-governing island country under British Crown Dependency. It is located near the coast of northwest France with a population of 100,000 people.

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