Residents tell of shock as house partially collapses after explosion in Chesterfield

Residents have told of their shock after a house partially collapsed following an explosion in Chesterfield.

Tuesday, 24th August 2021, 9:51 am

The major incident happened on St Helen’s Street on Monday night.

At this stage, officials have not said if there were any injuries – and it is also yet to be officially confirmed what caused the building to partially collapse.

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The Derbyshire Times is awaiting further information from emergency services.

Charlotte Bishop, who lives on St Helen’s Street, said her house ‘shook’ following the explosion at the affected property.

“I saw smoke coming from the house and called 999,” she told the Derbyshire Times.

“It was really shocking – you just don’t expect this type of thing to happen on your street.

The scene on St Helen's Street in Chesterfield on Tuesday morning after Monday night's major incident.

“I hope those involved are OK.”

Another resident, who did not want to be named, added: “It’s terrible.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by this – we hope they’re safe.”

Staff at the Neptune Beer Emporium on St Helen’s Street also said they heard an explosion.

Police and a cordon remain at the scene on Tuesday morning.

Police and a cordon remain at the scene on Tuesday morning.

St Helen’s Street and Higher Albert Street are still closed.

In a statement about the incident shortly before 8pm on Monday, a police spokesperson said people in parts of Chesterfield would lose their gas and electric supply following the ‘partial building collapse’.

They described the structural damage to the building as ‘severe’.

“In order to deal with the incident, the gas and electric supply needs to be cut off and will be out for at least three hours,” they added.

As well as police, firefighters from Chesterfield, Staveley, Clay Cross and Nottingham Road were called to the incident.

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