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Home destroyed in blast that 'sounded like bomb'

11 August 2017 National News

A house has been destroyed in an explosion on a residential street in Sunderland.

A woman was rescued from the wreckage, treated for burns and rushed to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary in a serious but stable condition.

Images posted on social media showed one half of the semi-detached property in Rosslyn Avenue, Ryhope, reduced to a pile of rubble and significant damage to the second home, caused by the blast.

Image: The area surrounding the building has been sealed off

One Facebook user claimed her sister was airlifted to hospital from the property and was “conscious and talking”, adding that the victim’s daughter was not at home at the time.

In a post on a local community group, she wrote: “There must b a God sum where, how the hell can anyone survive that explosion.”

Local residents gathered outside their homes and looked on in horror.

One tweeted: “Right so it’s just sounded like a bomb has exploded in ryhope; house literally shook.”

Gas engineers, firefighters, police officers and paramedics were at the scene, which was sealed off. The road was also closed.

Northumbria Police gave no details of what caused the explosion, but said it was being investigated and confirmed on Twitter that “there is nothing to indicate at this time that this is linked to terrorism”.

The force said everyone affected had been accounted for and there were no fatalities.

Emergency services close off the street

Image: Emergency services at the scene

Tracey Pounder, 51, who lives in a neighbouring street, said: “I heard an almighty bang. I went upstairs and you could see dust rising.

“Soon after there were sirens. The response was fantastic.

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

“I came down to see what was happening and it is a complete shock.”

The nearby former library on Black Road was opened for those affected by the blast which happened at about 8.50am.

Damage to a property in Rosslyn Avenue, Sunderland, after an explosion

Image: The house next door suffered extensive damage

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