Explosion in Chelmsford, Essex

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

An explosion in an electricity substation in Chelmsford, Essex has killed one person. Buildings have been evacuated and residents have been advised to stay inside to avoid fumes. The blast occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. local time, near Anglia Ruskin University.

Chelmsford highlighted within location map of Essex
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The local hospital, Chelmsford General Hospital, was forced to switch over to emergency power after supplies were cut. A representative from Essex Fire and Rescue told BBC News, "This is a large fire in an electrical sub-station which operates at 132 kilo-volts and supplies power to North Chelmsford."

"There is nothing to suggest that there is more than one fatality or any other people injured following this fire. The identity of the deceased is yet to be confirmed," stated a representative from Essex Police.