Explosion blows roof off house in Sunderland, reports say

Explosion blows roof off house in Sunderland, reports say

Explosion blows roof off house in Sunderland, reports say

Her semi-detached home was reduced to a pile of rubble and her neighbour's house also badly damaged.

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

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

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

Northumbria Police say it happened at a private residential house.

They said she was in a serious but stable condition and had been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

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

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

A woman using the name Lauren x on Twitter said it sounded "like a bomb has exploded in ryhope; house literally shook". I went upstairs and you could see dust rising.

Bill Forster, from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, added: "Initially the walls of the building had collapsed and the upper section of the building had come down".

"Half of the semi has gone and next door is wrecked".

Northern Gas Networks engineers were also on site.

"Just had call off me Mam she's in shock as she's in Roselea [sic] Avenue".

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