A woman is taken to hospital suffering from burns following the gas blast in Sunderland.Read more
- Explosion destroys house in Sunderland
- One person in hospital suffering from burns
- People heard the blast nearly two miles away
- And other news from across the North East
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People living close to the house on Rosslyn Avenue have spoken about hearing this morning's explosion.
One neighbour said: "It was frightening, we didn't know what it was, obviously. I thought at first, was it a bomb?"
Another said: "There was a massive bang, and when we went to the window to check we saw a cloud of dust where the house was."
The North East Air Ambulance has shared this picture of the houses damaged by an earlier explosion in Sunderland.
Rosslyn Avenue is closed to the public as debris has covered the street and investigations continue.
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The woman injured in the Sunderland blast was trapped under rubble and had been in her bathroom when the house collapsed, the emergency services say.
Fire crews arriving at the scene took risks to enter the flattened property and did a "cracking job" assisted by ambulance crews, a senior officer said.
Bill Forster, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The walls of the building have collapsed and the upper sections of the building have come down and the lady was trapped beneath that rubble."
Supt Steve Heatley of Northumbria Police, said search specialists have confirmed there are no further casualties.
Debris from the blast was strewn over a wide area. Roof files were scattered across a footpath and into a cornfield behind the house, and a white PVC back door was blasted over the garden fence.
Reporter, BBC Look North
Here's the back of the house which was destroyed in Sunderland:
There are no fatalities "at the moment" following the explosion in Rosslyn Avenue, police have confirmed.
A woman has been taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition after she was rescued from the rubble of her home.
Police say everyone has been "accounted for".
New pictures of the area affected by the explosion in Sunderland show that a third house was damaged in the blast.
Air ambulances have been at the scene of the explosion which took place earlier this morning in Sunderland.
One patient has been taken to hospital suffering from burns.
The cause of the explosion which took place in Sunderland this morning is "not yet known", Northern Gas Networks says.
The firm, which supplies gas to the street, said it is "urgently" investigating the cause of the blast, and added that engineers are on the scene.
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Emergency services have deployed a drone to asses the extent of the damage in Rosslyn Avenue.
Search dogs also remain at the scene.
A house has been destroyed following the explosion in Rosslyn Avenue earlier this morning.
These two pictures show before and after the blast happened:
Made in Tyne and Wear reporter Nathan Lee says the force of the explosion has propelled a door some 50m away:
This photo shows the extent of the damage caused by the explosion in Rosslyn Avenue.
One house has been destroyed and the neighboring semi has been almost split in half, leaving rooms fully on display.
A woman on a neighbouring street to Rosslyn Avenue said half a semi-detached house had been flattened and the other half was wrecked in the explosion.
Tracey Pounder, 51, said: "I heard an almighty bang. "I went upstairs and you could see dust rising."
"Half of the semi has gone and next door is wrecked. I came down to see what was happening and it is a complete shock."
Sean Hughes, 40, heard the explosion over a mile away. He said: "I saw the window move and the house shook."
An air ambulance crew has attended the scene.
Update - The evacuation centre for those affected by the explosion is based in the former library on Black Road around the corner from Rosslyn Avenue.
The emergency services say they are unable to give further details, including whether anyone is trapped in the rubble following the explosion in Sunderland.
Police, fire and ambulance services are at the scene, with a cordon put in place to keep members of the public away.
Debris is scattered across the road, with significant damage to the property visible along the residential street.
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A 30m cordon is in place at Rosslyn Avenue in Sunderland, where an explosion took place earlier this morning.
Police received the first reports of the blast at 08:50 and are now telling people to avoid the area.
Ryhope Community Centre has been opened for those affected by the incident.
Emergency services remain at Rosslyn Avenue in Sunderland following the explosion.
The North East Ambulance Service says one person is in hospital after suffering burns in the explosion:
The explosion in Sunderland has destroyed at least one house:
Fire and rescue services have confirmed that a building has collapsed following an explosion in Sunderland.
Emergency services are at the scene, including a search dog.
One building appears to have collapsed and another is badly damaged after the explosion in Sunderland:
The BBC understands one woman has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after the gas explosion in Rosslyn Avenue in Sunderland.