Explosion blows roof off house in Sunderland, reports say

Marie Harrington
August 13, 2017

The North East Ambulance Service said it was attending the incident on Rosslyn Avenue.

Police said the blast was caused by a gas explosion.

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

She was found in a pile of rubble by emergency services following the explosion at about 8.50am on Friday, in which she suffered burn injuries.

She posted on Facebook "there must be a god somewhere" following the catastrophic blast which toppled her home.

Northern Gas Network engineers are also at the scene.

Ms Shepherd's daughter was with her father at the time of the blast, the sister said.

The emergency services said they were unable to give further details, including whether anyone was trapped in the rubble.

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

Scores of police, ambulance and fire crew could be seen working at the scene, with debris strewn across the road.

Neighbour Tracey Pounder, 51, said: "I heard an almighty bang". I went upstairs and you could see dust rising.

"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".

Sean Hughes, 40, heard the explosion over a mile away.

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

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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