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Explosion in Sunderland house

Explosion in Sunderland house

Emergency services are attending a major incident in Sunderland after reports of a huge explosion at a house.

Shocking images taken after the incident showed the extent of the damage, with one semi-detached house wrecked and half of the property next door flattened.

Remarkably, she was the only casualty following the explosion at around 8.50am on Friday, and was treated for burns at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

They were called to Rosslyn Avenue in the Ryhope area of the city just after 9am.

The victim, whose daughter was not at home, was "conscious and talking" as she was taken to hospital, according to the Facebook user.

The company said it was "urgently" investigating the cause of the blast.

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Tracey Pounder, 51, who lives in a neighbouring street, said: "I heard an almighty bang".

Bill Forster, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The walls of the building have collapsed and the upper sections of the building have come down and the lady was trapped beneath that rubble".

Police have confirmed that an explosion in Sunderland that left a woman with serious injuries was caused by a gas explosion.

He's spoken with Sun FM and could only say one word to describe what he's seen - "Shocked!".

The explosion could be heard more than a mile away, according to witnesses. He said: "I saw the window move and the house shook".


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