Sunday, 20 August, 2017

Sunderland explosion: Woman hurt as house 'blown apart'

Sunderland explosion Ryhope home destroyed NCRyhope explosion- panic as Sunderland house blows
Lillian Steele | 13 August, 2017, 01:11

Half of a semi-detached house was completely destroyed on Rosslyn Avenue after an explosion at 8.50am on 11 August.

The moment a gas blast destroyed one half of a semi and wrecked the other was caught on camera.

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

Rosslyn Avenue was flooded with emergency services along with search specialists and gas engineers in response to the dramatic incident.

In an earlier post, she said that God must exist as "how the hell can anyone survive that explosion".

Bill Forster, from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, added: "Initially the walls of the building had collapsed and the upper section of the building had come down".

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

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

Tracey Pounder, 51, who lives in a neighbouring street, said: "I heard an almighty bang". I came down to see what was happening and it is a complete shock'.

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

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

The force said everyone has been accounted for and it is not linked to terrorism.

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