Two semi-detached houses in Sunderland has been torn apart following a huge explosion.
Emergency services were called to the homes on Rosslyn Avenue in the coastal village of Ryhope at 8.50am today following a suspected gas explosion.
One of the two properties has been completely obliterated, while its neighbour has been seriously damaged.
The Chronicle reports that a woman believed to live at the most badly affected property was rescued from the rubble by firefighters and is currently at the Royal Victoria Hospital being treated for burns. Her condition is described as “serious but stable”.
Local police, fire and ambulance services were at the scene, with a cordon put in place to keep members of the public away.
Debris was scattered across the road, with significant damage to the property visible along the residential street.
Northumbria Police said in a statement that a 30m cordon has been put in place and people are being asked to avoid the area.
They added that a local community centre had been opened for those affected by the incident.
UPDATE: the evacuation centre for those affected by the incident is based in the former library on Black Road https://t.co/zb6bIIlT8u
— Northumbria Police (@northumbriapol) August 11, 2017
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