Man and woman taken to hospital following gas explosion

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.

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Gas explosion in Jarrow

Two people injured in a gas explosion in Jarrow, South Tyneside