Woman whose house exploded 'only survived because fridge fell on her'

Huge explosion in Sunderland: 'House totally collapsed'

The footage shows the huge explosion in Ryhope, Sunderland, as pieces of the house are sent flying through the air.

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.

A woman whose house exploded only survived the gas blast because a fridge fell on top of her.

Ms Judson added that Ms Shepherd was able to talk in the ambulance as she was being taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where she was treated.

The North East Ambulance Service said it was attending the incident on Rosslyn Avenue.

She posted on Facebook "there must be a god somewhere" following the catastrophic blast which toppled her home.

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

Tracey Pounder, 51, who lives in a neighbouring street, said: "I heard an almighty bang".

Northern Gas Network engineers are also at the scene.

He's spoken with Sun FM and could only say one word to describe what he's seen - "Shocked!".

On Twitter Northumbria Police said: "There is nothing to indicate at this time that this is linked to terrorism".

The explosion could be heard more than a mile away, according to witnesses.

The emergency services said they were unable to give further details, including whether anyone was trapped in the rubble. He said: "I saw the window move and the house shook".

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