Mum hurt in home gas blast remains in serious condition

The homes after they had been demolished.
The homes after they had been demolished.

A mum-of-two rescued from the rubble after her home was devastated in a gas explosion remains in hospital.

Susan Shepherd, 40, was looking inside the fridge when her semi-detached house in Rosslyn Avenue, Ryhope, was blown apart by the impact of the blast just before 9am on Friday.

The remains of the house and neighbouring property before they were knocked down.

The remains of the house and neighbouring property before they were knocked down.

Her children Jasmine, nine, and Kyle, 19, were staying elsewhere when the incident happened.

Susan was airlifted by the Great North Air Ambulance to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Her partner said in the aftermath of the alert that she had suffered burns to her hands and taken a knock to the head.

Today, her condition is said to be serious.

The street was evacuated following the explosion, with residents allowed to return home later that evening.

The house attached to Susan's home was demolished on the same day due to safety concerns.

An investigation into the cause of the blast is being carried out.