Explosion At House In Sunderland

The scene in Rosslyn Avenue

The scene in Rosslyn Avenue

"For your safety, we ask that people do not attend the scene", a police statement on Facebook read.

Emergency services raced to the scene after reports of a domestic blast on Rosslyn Avenue in the Ryhope area of the north east England city.

Remarkably, she was the only casualty and was being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for burns.

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

Supt Steve Hartley, from Northumbria Police, said: "Thankfully she was OK and taken to a local hospital".

Gas engineers were also there, along with search specialists with dogs to make sure there were no other casualties trapped.

Work is on-going to secure the site and as such there is still a cordon in place.

Tracey Pounder, 51, said: "I heard an almighty bang".

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

Northumbria police said on Twitter that they were aware of the incident and that emergency services were attending the scene.

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

A woman on a neighbouring street said half the semi-detached house had been flattened and the other half was wrecked.

"I went upstairs and you could see dust rising", she added.

Sean Hughes, 40, heard the explosion more than a mile away.

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