Government lays on support for residents affected by Jersey explosion

Jersey's government is offering support for those affected by the explosion at a home on Mont Pinel on Wednesday evening.

We're told accommodation and essentials are being provided to displaced residents, with hotel stays extended into next week.

Affected families are also being offered free GP visits to help support their physical and mental well-being, with a more long-term support plan being developed. 

Schools will be supported in the coming days and weeks by the Educational Psychology Service and the CAMHS Early Intervention Service to support the children who may have been affected. 

Families have also been offered support from the Children and Families Hub Service.

Residents who have been evacuated from their homes may also have the opportunity to be accompanied back to their properties to collect belongings this weekend. 

The Chief Minister, Deputy Lyndon Farnham said: "Today, we heard of the bravery shown by our emergency services crews in responding to the suspected explosion at a property on Mont Pinel, St Saviour on Wednesday evening.

“We commend them for their quick thinking and actions in saving the lives of the family who, in the case of the two adults, were under rubble."

He continued: “The fact that two young children were removed from the upstairs of the property unharmed when there were concerns that the building could collapse, is exceptional.

“The actions of the firefighters and other emergency services personnel have once again helped to save lives. The Island is incredibly grateful.

“We must also extend our gratitude to the Constable of St Saviour, Parish officials, and Honorary Police officers, as well as Government departments, for their actions on the evening and for their continued support to families.”

This follows Jersey Fire and Rescue's Station Commander Ryan Hall speaking out about the rescue mission he and his team carried out.

READ MORE: 'No gas escape detected', says Island Energy following suspected explosion

Station Commander Ryan Hall, from Jersey Fire and Rescue, was leading efforts on Wednesday night to get a family of four to safety. 

The senior firefighter describes the moment the parents and children were rescued, just 45 minutes before their wall collapsed: 

"My forward commander paused operations for a moment when we started to feel what felt like vibrations. 

"At that point, one of the monitoring safety officers made the decision that it was time to evacuate. It was really time-critical and we were on that good side, leaving with that final casualty when the decision came to evacuate the property."

Island Energy said no gas escape was detected on Wednesday evening, and none throughout their investigation, which has now concluded. 

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