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Clacton explosion: Neighbour thought "I'm going to die"

A woman who screamed for her life when her Clacton home collapsed around her as it took the brunt of an explosion was convinced she was "going to die".

Kim Whitby, 56, was in bed when the explosion happened on Wednesday morning in Cloes Lane, Clacton.

She told BBC Essex: "I was in bed and I thought I'd have five more minutes but then, all of a sudden, I just saw the floor above was coming on top of me.

"I thought I'm going to die, I've got to get out."

Mrs Whitby suffered cuts and bruises, but her husband Ray, 47, remains in hospital with leg and face injuries, she said.

BBC Look East's Kevin Burch reports.

  • 06 Feb 2014
  • From the section Essex
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