Explosion in Sunderland house

Huge explosion in Sunderland: 'House totally collapsed'

Emergency services are at the scene of an explosion in a residential street in Sunderland.

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said one casualty suffering burns had been taken to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary in a serious but stable condition.

Writing on Facebook, her sister Tracy Judson said: 'The fridge fell on top of her and saved her life, she's absolutely fine under the circumstances, she's got minor burns to her back, face and arms and her hip might need stitching'.

'There must be a God somewhere, how the hell can anyone survive that explosion, ' she wrote.

They were called to Rosslyn Avenue in the Ryhope area of the city just after 9am.

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

"And she said no, and I thought nothing of it, until I went to work and found out it was Susan".

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

She said she saw two houses following the explosion, one of which was "completely flattened" and the other "pretty much in half".

Emergency crews raced to the scene at around 8.50am after the blast left debris strewn across the road.

'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.

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