Jersey blast: 7 people feared dead have been named, 9 of whom were killed by ‘gas blast’ as bodies were pulled from rubble

SEVEN of the nine people feared to have died after the massive gas explosion at a Jersey apartment block have been named.

Five bodies have now been pulled from the rubble after the explosion tore through the building in St Helier on Saturday.

Derek and Sylvia Ellis have been named as two of the nine victims of the Jersey gas blast

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Derek and Sylvia Ellis have been named as two of the nine victims of the Jersey gas blastPhoto credit: Jersey State Police
Raymond'Raymie' Brown was also named.

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Raymond ‘Raymie’ Brown was also named.Photo credit: Jersey State Police
The couple Romeu and Louise de Almeida are said to have died in the explosion

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The couple Romeu and Louise de Almeida are said to have died in the explosionPhoto credit: Jersey State Police

However, police believe there are four other victims, four of whom are unreported.

Officials today named seven of the nine people feared to have died in the blast.

ITV reported their names were: Peter Bowler, 72, Raymond ‘Raymie’ Brown, 71, Romeu and Louise de Almeida, 67 and 64, Derek and Sylvia Ellis, 61 and 73, and Billy Marsden, 62.

The identities of two other people have been withheld from the media at the request of their families.

Yesterday police confirmed they pulled five bodies from the rubble after their rescue mission became a “recovery mission”.

Emergency services had been working through the night after the “devastating” blast happened just before 4am on Saturday.

But Police Chief Robin Smith announced yesterday: “It is with sadness that I confirm that the search and rescue operation has been deferred to a recovery operation.

“The decision was made after a detailed assessment and after the deployment of specialized K9 units.”

At a news conference, Smith added that the victims’ families would be supported.

He said: “We have entered a period of recovery, it is a moment to think of families.”

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The picture shows that Billy Marsden Police in Jersey have named seven of the nine people feared to have died in an explosion that destroyed a block of flats in St Helier early on Saturday for., , Peter Bowler (72), Raymond ‘Raymie’ Brown […]Photo credit: Jersey State Police
Picture shows Peter Bowler, Jersey Police have named seven of the nine people feared dead in an explosion which destroyed a block of flats in St Helier early on Saturday., , Peter Bowler (72) is missing. , Raymond'Raymie' Brown […]

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Picture shows Peter Bowler, Jersey Police have named seven of the nine people feared dead in an explosion which destroyed a block of flats in St Helier early on Saturday., , Peter Bowler (72) is missing. , Raymond ‘Raymie’ Brown […]Photo credit: Jersey State Police

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