Responding to the explosion in Jersey today, Channel Islands Humanists spokesperson Louise Doublet commented:
‘We are deeply saddened by the tragic explosion in St Helier, resulting in loss of life, multiple injuries, and many missing. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the victims and their families during this difficult time, and to the emergency responders who are dealing with very dangerous conditions as they try to save people’s lives.
‘In navigating dark times like these, we in the humanist community will be drawing deep from Jersey’s strong tradition of volunteering and will be ready to mobilise our members to assist in the emergency response however we can.
‘We recognise that tragedies of this kind will always have a profound and lasting impact on those affected. We urge everyone to come together in support of one another, and to provide comfort and assistance to those who are in need, including those who are still waiting for news of loved ones.’
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