Four people killed in chemical tank blast at water treatment centre

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Four people have died after a devastating explosion at a water treatment centre.

Emergency services were dispatched to Wessex Water's premises in Avonmouth, Bristol, at about 11.20am.

The blast is believed to have taken place in one of the chemical tanks.

Chief Inspector Mark Runacres, of Avon and Somerset Police, confirmed the deaths during a news conference this afternoon.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed in a statement: "An explosion is believed to have occurred involving one of the chemical tanks at Wessex Water's Bristol water recycling centre.

"A rescue operation was subsequently led by the fire service, involving five appliances and two turntable crews and we can confirm there have been a number of casualties."

An eyewitness told the BBC they heard a "very loud explosion" that "shook buildings".

Another said they saw "around 10 ambulances driving to the scene".

Jawad Burhan told the PA news agency: "I heard the sound, I'm working beside the building in another warehouse.

“After ten minutes I saw the helicopter coming and the police."

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Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, earlier said: "This is a serious incident and my thoughts are with those workers who have been injured on site today.

"I'm grateful to our fire, police and ambulance staff for their quick response."

Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: "Deeply concerned at reports of a warehouse explosion in Avonmouth.

"My thoughts are with those affected and our brave emergency services working hard to resolve this incident."

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