Massive gas leak forces dozens of people to flee homes in Sunderland

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ABOUT 20 homes were evacuated last night after a potentially deadly gas leak.

Fire crews were called to Lilburne Close, in Hendon, just after 6pm, after gas filled a woman’s home.

Firefighters said it was thanks to her quick thinking that the leak did not cause an explosion.

It is believed the incident was caused when the main incoming pipe came away from the meter. Houses were evacuated for about an hour and the supply switched off.