Rescuers searching the scene of an explosion in Jersey in which at least three people died have said they no longer expect to find anyone else alive.
Specialist teams who spent the night combing the wreckage in St Helier, on the south of the island, said their mission is now a “recovery operation”.
It came after police said they believed “around a dozen” people are missing following the blast which destroyed a block of flats at around 4am on Saturday.
“The decision was made after a detailed assessment and following the use of specialist K9 units.
“Disaster victim identification (DVI) strategies are in place and specialist officers are surveying the scene with fire and ambulance services and tactical advisers from Urban Search and Rescue (Usar).”
Specialist teams from other parts of the UK, including the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, have been drafted in to aid the response.
Mr Brown also confirmed that firefighters had been called to the building at 8.36pm on Friday and had carried out investigations after residents reported smelling gas – just hours before the blast.
Chief Minister Kristina Moore said at least three people had been killed, describing the incident as an “unimaginable tragedy” for the Channel Island.
An update is expected from the government later on Sunday.
Gas supplier Island Energy said it was working with the fire service to “understand exactly what has happened”.