Gas explosion at house injures six

Six people were hurt in a gas explosion at a house on South Tyneside.

The house in Jarrow, South Tynside where two people were injured.

Two of them required hospital treatment after the 7.50am blast at a semi-detached property in Regent Road, Jarrow which blew out windows and doors.

Fire crews, one which was on the scene within three minutes of the 999 call, arrived to find five injured people in the garden.

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A sixth casualty, thought to be a neighbour who had come to assist, was also hurt.

The house in Jarrow, South Tynside where two people were injured.

An investigation is underway into what triggered the blast which blew out the large living room double-glazed window and another downstairs.

Group Manager David Orr, from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said there were varying degrees of injuries, and a man and a woman were taken to hospital.

The five people all lived in one house in the semi-detached property, and the people living in the other part of the building were out when the blast happened.

Mr Orr reassured local residents that there was no on-going risk to homes after the “low-level” gas leak.