Six people were hurt in a gas explosion at a house, a senior fire officer said today. Two of them required hospital treatment after the blast at a semi-detached property in Regent Road, Jarrow, South Tyneside just before 8 am.
Fire crews, one which was on the scene within three minutes of the 999 call, arrived to find five injured people in the garden. A sixth casualty, thought to be a neighbour who had come to assist, was also hurt. All are believed to have burns, but are not thought to be seriously injured.
Two people have been injured in a gas explosion at a house in Jarrow, South Tyneside this morning. Homes around the address on Regent Road were evacuated as a precaution. Police say a woman has been injured and a man suffered minor burns. They've been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
A police cordon has also been put in place. Tyne and Wear Fire Service are dealing with a fire in the kitchen in the house.The gas board are at the scene dealing the incident which may affect local gas supplies to people living nearby."
– Northumbria Police spokesperson
Firefighters and gas workmen are the house which is near the Tyne and Wear Metro line and the busy A19. The living room window and another downstairs window appeared to have been blown out into the garden.