Major Incident Near Merton Hotel, St Saviour – Statement from Connétable Lewis

Last night at approximately 11:15 PM, a significant explosion occurred near the Merton Hotel in St Saviour, affecting a local residence. This incident necessitated a precautionary evacuation of nearby residents to the emergency response centre at the Parish Hall in St Saviour. I was present and involved in assisting in coordinating our response efforts alongside parish staff, the Honorary Police, and emergency services, including police and ambulance teams.

According to the latest updates, four individuals have been taken to the hospital. Our thoughts are with these individuals and all those effected during this difficult time. It is currently too early to speculate on the cause of the incident.

The residents impacted by this event were provided with immediate support, including food and drink, and have been given temporary accommodations to ensure their comfort during this unsettling period. The Parish Hall remained operational until 2:30 AM to support these efforts.

I extend my gratitude to our dedicated parish team members, who were called upon at extremely short notice to assist during the night. Special thanks to our Chef de Police, the  Honorary Police, and all emergency service personnel for their rapid and effective response in evacuating the area and managing the situation. I would also like to thank Marius from Roberts Garage for his generous assistance with providing fresh food and drink.

We are actively coordinating with the Government of Jersey’s emergency response team to facilitate the transition of these residents into long-term accommodations. Our commitment to the safety and well-being of our community remains unwavering as we navigate through this challenging time.

Thank you to everyone involved for their dedication and swift action during this critical incident.

Connétable Kevin C Lewis