House blown up leaving other semi standing after suspected gas explosion

Katrina Barker
August 13, 2017

Here is footage of the moment a Sunderland house exploded in a suspected gas blast.

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.

Writing on Facebook, Ms Judson said: "The fridge fell on top of her and saved her life, she's absolutely fine under the circumstances, she's got minor burns to her back, face and arms and her hip might need stitching".

The North East Ambulance Service said it was attending the incident on Rosslyn Avenue.

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

On Twitter Northumbria Police said: "There is nothing to indicate at this time that this is linked to terrorism".

Emergency crews raced to the scene at around 8.50am after the blast left debris strewn across the road.

Neighbour Tracey Pounder, 51, said: "I heard an almighty bang".

"I went upstairs and you could see dust rising", she added.

Northern Gas Networks said its engineers were at the site and investigating "as a matter of urgency".

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

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

Sean Hughes, 40, heard the explosion over a mile away.

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