Woman hurt as house 'blown apart — Sunderland explosion

Kristopher Drake
August 13, 2017

Residents who had been evacuated have now been allowed home, Northumbria Police said.

Northumbria police gave few details other than to say the explosion happened at a private address in Rosslyn Avenue on Friday morning.

The North East Ambulance Service said the woman was rescued from the destroyed house suffering from burns.

She was treated for burns and rushed to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary in a serious but stable condition.

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

"The lady was trapped beneath that rubble".

The semi-detached was flattened by the blast and a neighbouring property was heavily damaged.

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

The witness also described the chaotic scene with people "running all over, not knowing what to do".

The area was quickly flooded with police, fire crews and paramedics and the air ambulance was also at the scene.

Neighbour Tracey Pounder said: 'I heard an almighty bang.

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

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

The explosion could be heard more than a mile away, according to witnesses.

A woman using the name Lauren x on Twitter said it sounded "like a bomb has exploded in ryhope; house literally shook".

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