Sunderland house explosion caused by gas

Huge explosion in Sunderland: 'House totally collapsed'

Explosion At House In Sunderland

A house has been destroyed after an explosion in Sunderland.

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.

A woman pulled from the rubble of her home after a gas blast survived because a fridge fell on her, her sister has said.

She is being treated for burns and was described as in a "serious but stable condition" at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Tracy Tia Judson said her sister, who is in her 50s, suffered minor burns and was able to talk to ambulance staff.

Northumberland Police and the ambulance service were called to the Rosslyn Avenue scene, in Ryhope, around 8.50am.

Supt Steve Hartley, from Northumbria Police, said: "Thankfully she was OK and taken to a local hospital".

Neighbour Tracey Pounder said: 'I heard an almighty bang.

The emergency services said they were unable to give further details, including whether anyone was trapped in the rubble.

"I went upstairs and you could see dust rising", she added. He said: "I saw the window move and the house shook".

In a statement, Northern Gas said: "Emergency engineers from Northern Gas Networks (NGN) attended the scene of an incident on Rosslyn Avenue in Ryhope, Sunderland on the morning of Friday 11 August". I came down to see what was happening and it is a complete shock'.

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