Woman hurt as house 'blown apart — Sunderland explosion

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Police rushed to the scene of an explosion at a house in Sunderland on Friday morning (11 August).

The explosion flattened the semi-detached property in Rosslyn Avenue, while the other half of the building was badly damaged, with part of its roof and wall ripped off.

Writing on Facebook, Ms 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".

They said she was in a serious but stable condition and had been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

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Northumberland Police and the ambulance service were called to the Rosslyn Avenue scene, in Ryhope, around 8.50am.

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

The company said it was "urgently" investigating the cause of the blast.

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

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Northern Gas Networks engineers were also on site.

Northumbria police said on Twitter that they were aware of the incident and that emergency services were attending the scene. I came down to see what was happening and it is a complete shock'.

Sean Hughes, 40, said he heard the explosion over a mile away.

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

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