Woman hurt as house 'blown apart — Sunderland explosion

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2017

"We have taken the casualty to the Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary by paramedic ambulance with the GNAAS doctor on board".

A woman on a neighbouring street said half the semi-detached house had been flattened and the other half was wrecked.

Our HART officers now remain on scene to continue to support Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire.

Emergency services rushed to Rosslyn Avenue, Ryhope, this morning at around 9.05am, after residents said they heard what sounded like a "bomb explosion".

The force tweeted: "Following the report of an explosion, there is nothing to indicate at this time that this is linked to terrorism".

Northern Gas Networks engineers were also on site.

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

One shop worker told Chronicle Live she heard "the loudest bang I have ever heard in my life".

A 100ft (30m) cordon has been put in place to keep members of the public away.

Northumbria officers along with North East Ambulance Service, Great North Air Ambulance and Tyne & Wear Fire Brigade attended the scene. I went upstairs and you could see dust rising.

The rescued woman, who had been in her bathroom when the house collapsed, was trapped under rubble, the emergency services said.

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

One eyewitness said: "Big explosion at Rosslyn Avenue in Ryhope - a house has been completely levelled to the ground".

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