The emergency services were called to ta gas explosion in a property in Jarrow just before 8 o'clock this morning.
Jonny Blair reports.
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.
The emergency services and gas engineers remain at the scene of a gas explosion in South Shields.
A woman and a man were taken to the Royal Victoria infirmary for further treatment to burns.
The next door neighbour was at work when the explosion happened early this morning.
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.
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.
Two people have been injured in a gas explosion in Jarrow, South Tyneside.
It happened at 7.54 am on Sunday, June 23, at a house in Regent Road.
Nearby houses in the cul-de-sac have been evacuated as a precaution.
A man from Tyne and Wear has been charged with producing cannabis and abstracting electricity following the discovery of a cannabis farm.
Police executed a search warrant at an address on Russell Street, Jarrow, where they discovered around 15 cannabis plants.
27-year-old Dean Martin Glover, of Russell Street, was charged and will appear before South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on July 16.
From April, 50,000 council and housing association tenants will lose a percentage of their housing benefit, if they have a spare room in their house. It is designed to free up bigger houses for the families who need them - but in many areas, a shortage of smaller homes means moving is not an option.
Josef Craig, the Paralympic Champion and Young Sports Personality of the Year, has been in Jarrow today to unveil the newly-built Jarrow Community Pool.
He says that the pool will suit all abilities.
Teenage swimming star Josef Craig has officially opened the new Jarrow Community Pool today.
The new 4 million pound facility, which is attached to Jarrow School, was unveiled by the Paralympic champion at a ceremony this morning.
Josef Craig was then first to take a dip in the million pound pool.
The 15-year-old, who is originally from the North East, was recently honoured with an MBE and the Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
The last survivor of the Jarrow March, a famous protest against unemployment and poverty during the Great Depression, has died.
Con Shiels, who died on Boxing Day aged 96-years-old, was part of the crusade that saw around 200 unemployed men walk from Jarrow to London in 1936.
Carrying an 11,000-name petition, they did so to demand help from the government after the closure of their shipyard.
Mr Shiels, who was aged 20 at the time, joined his father and the other protesters for the final part of the marathon 300-mile journey.