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Update: senior fire officer says six people hurt in gas explosion

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.

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