Police have ruled out foul play during their investigations into a house blast and believe a gas explosion was responsible.
They released their conclusions just as diggers were demolishing the home in Rosslyn Avenue, Ryhope, Sunderland, and an adjoining property at around 5pm on Friday.
A Northumbria Police statement said: "It is now understood that the incident occurred as a result of a gas explosion and there was no third party involvement.
T"he gas supply has now been capped and made safe.
"Work is on-going to secure the site and as such there is still a cordon in place.
"Emergency services and local authorities are working tirelessly to allow residents to return to their homes as quickly as possible."
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