Boston explosion: Vicar of Boston offers prayers as locals flock to the scene

Police at the scene of an explosion at the Broadfield Lane industrial estate in Boston, Lincolnshire. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Police at the scene of an explosion at the Broadfield Lane industrial estate in Boston, Lincolnshire. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Thursday, 1.45am: Bostonians and residents of different nationalities flocked to the scene at Broadfield Lane worried it may be their friends caught up in the explosion earlier tonight.

Many of the industrial estate units are used by migrant workers.

Police at the scene of an explosion at the Broadfield Lane industrial estate in Boston, Lincolnshire. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Police at the scene of an explosion at the Broadfield Lane industrial estate in Boston, Lincolnshire. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Hugo Ferreira recently arrived at the scene hoping to discover that his friends, fellow Portuguese nationals, were not those killed by tonight’s events.

“Police can’t tell me anything but I hope my friends are okay.” he said.

A Latvian woman also arrived with others after hearing about the explosion because she also has friends who worked in one of the nearby units.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “This is not good news, I hope these aren’t my friends.”

12.40am: Lincolnshire police have now confirmed the fatalities at the units in Broadfield Lane.

“At 7.28pm this evening emergency crews attended the industrial units on Broadfield Lane following an explosion,” said a police spokesman.

“Five people have been confirmed dead and a sixth man was seriously injured and a was taken to Pilgrim Hospital but has since been transferred to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.”

They added police forensic officers would be on the scene throughout the night.

“At present there is no indication what has caused this and there are no further details at present,” she continued. “We can’t name or identify who the men are.”

An eye witness told The Standard: “I heard sirens and I went out to see what was happening and saw thick smoke coming from the units.”

Vicar of Boston offers prayers to victims

The vicar of Boston Canon Robin Whitehead has offered his prayers and condolences to the families of victims of this evening’s explosion.

Five people have been confirmed dead following the explosion at a unit on the Broadfield Lane Industrial Estate and another man has been taken to hospital with severe injuries.

Speaking from the scene at around 11pm, Mr Whitehead said he offered his thoughts to those people who had been involved in the explosion and their families.

He added: “We will be praying for them tonight and tomorrow and if there is anything we can do to help them or their families we will be happy to do so.

“This is a terrible thing to happen. I have received phone calls from the Bishop of Grantham and the Archdeacon of Lincoln who are passing on their condolences. This goes to show that everybody is thinking of the people involved.”

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said that as yet there were no details about the men involved in the incident, which occurred at around 7.30pm.

Officers on the scene are continuing investigations.

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