Sunderland blast destroys house

Sunderland explosion Ryhope home destroyed

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

It's reported that there are around 15 emergency vehicles on the scene.

The North East Ambulance Service confirmed: "We have been made aware of an incident at a private address on Rosslyn Avenue in Ryhope, Sunderland".

A HOUSE has been destroyed after it was rocked by an explosion in Sunderland as stunned neighbours say it sounded like a "bomb" had gone off.

Fire crews arriving at the scene entered the devastated property and did a "cracking job" assisted by ambulance crews, a senior officer said.

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.

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

Another wrote that she knew the house where the explosion went off: "It's across the road from old bingo hall".

The Great North Air Ambulance carrying the injured woman takes off from a nearby field.

Debris from the blast was strewn over a wide area.

Shocked residents were gathered at the edge of the cordon, as the full extent of the damage began to sink in. The force said everyone has been accounted for and it is not linked to terrorism.

Another view of the scene of the explosion.

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Locals were quick to offer help with people wanting to donate toys and clothes and they set up an online fundraising page.

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