Explosion At House In Sunderland

A large part of the house was destroyed in the blast

A woman was pulled alive from the rubble of a house destroyed in an explosion in Sunderland this morning.

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

Northumbria Police tweeted: "Police are aware of an explosion on Rosslyn Avenue, Sunderland".

One house has been completely destroyed by the blast while a neighbouring property has been heavily damaged, with debris scattered across the road.

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

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said one casualty suffering burns had been taken to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary in a serious but stable condition.

A spokesperson for the police force said: 'We ask that people do not attend the scene of the incident on Rosslyn Avenue'.

The scene in Rosslyn Avenue Sunderland after an explosion at a house
Image The area surrounding the building has been sealed off

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

Another said: "There has been a huge explosion".

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".

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

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

People living as far away as Hollycarrside, Hill View and Grangetown said they heard the blast, with some saying they felt their windows and patio doors shake.

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