South Shields explosion: One person injured after blast in South Tyneside street
Houses have been evacuated following the event.
One person has been injured following an explosion at a house in South Shields. The incident, which happened on Bewick Street is said to have happened in the late morning in Wednesday, February 22, had emergency crews including police officers, fire fighters and paramedics called to the scene.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly after 11am today (Wednesday), we received reports of damage caused to a flat on Bewick Street in South Shields.
“Officers are in attendance alongside other emergency service personnel.
“One person has suffered injuries not thought to be life-threatening.
“A number of people in neighbouring properties have been evacuated for their own safety and a cordon remains in place.”
Fire fighters were also at the site of the incident with a Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Spokesperson saying: “We can confirm we are currently in attendance at Bewick Street in South Shields following reports of an explosion inside a residential property.
“Our fire control received a call at 11:06am and two appliances from South Shields Community Fire Station on the scene in a matter of minutes.
“We remain at the scene to assist police in their enquiries into the circumstances around the incident and to ensure the structural safety of the building and surrounding properties."
Local paramedics were also on call to support anyone impacted, with a North East Ambulance Service spokesperson saying: “We received a call at 11.14am this morning to an incident at a private address on Bewick Street, South Shields. We dispatched one rapid response paramedic, one clinical team leader, and four crews from our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART). One patient was treated on-scene before being transported to hospital for further treatment by our colleagues at Northumbria Police.”
The street sits in between Stanhope Road and Ravensworth Terrace to the south of South Shields town centre nearby to Chichester Metro Station and West Park.
A cordon is in place in the immediate vicinity of the property. Police have said this does not impact any other streets around the impacted area and no emergency service has indicated the cause of the explosion.