‘Extensive’ tests carried out at the scene of reported gas explosion at Sunderland property

Extensive tests have been carried out after a reported gas explosion that damaged a building in a Sunderland street.

Sunday, 19th January 2020, 4:14 pm

The call prompted a major incident response from its crews, with three appliances attending the scene.

Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service were also dispatched to the incident and one person was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

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Damage to the property after a gas explosion on Ravensworth, Ryhope.

Police confirmed that just one residential property was affected.

On Saturday evening, TWFRS station manager, Steve Thomas said the building was “structurally safe” and that the incident appeared to have been caused by “gas build-up” inside the property.

Now Northern Gas Networks engineers say they have carried out “extensive” tests at the property and found the gas mains to be working “as it should”.

A spokesperson for Northern Gas Networks confirmed that its emergency engineers were dispatched immediately after being alerted to a report of an explosion on Ravensworth, in the Ryhope area of Sunderland, by the fire service at 4.47pm on Saturday.

Fire crews were called to reports of a building collapse on Ravensworth, Ryhope on Saturday, January 18.

She said: “Having carried out extensive tests we found the local gas mains network to be sound and working as it should. What happened was not linked to the gas mains network.”

Elizabeth Eccles, who has lived in the street for 20 years, was at home at 4.30pm when she heard a “rumble” and learned of what had happened.

“A delivery man who was at the door said the wall had come down,” she said.

“We did not smell any gas or anything like that and there was no explosion. We just heard a rumble.

Northern Gas Networks say extensive tests have been carried out at the property.

“There does not seem to be any damage to us at all.”

Northern Gas Networks urged anyone who thinks they can smell gas, any time, any place, to call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 and an emergency engineer will be sent immediately to check the area and make it safe.

The building is said to be "structurally safe".
The aftermath following a gas explosion at the property on Ravensworth, Ryhope.
Rubble following the building collapse on Ravensworth, Ryhope.