Explosion destroys house and leaves man seriously injured

24 June 2024, 11:41 | Updated: 24 June 2024, 12:38

A man has been rescued following a house explosion in Willington, County Durham
A man has been rescued following a house explosion in Willington, County Durham. Picture: County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service

By Flaminia Luck

A man has been rescued but left seriously injured following a house explosion in County Durham.

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Firefighters were called at 1.28am after a call reporting an explosion at a residential property on Coronation Terrace in Willington near Crook.

Firefighters assisted in the rescue of then man, who was attended to at the scene by police officers and North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), before being taken to hospital in Newcastle.

Some residents in the immediate vicinity were evacuated as a precaution and a cordon has been set up.

Nobody else has been reported to be injured.

An investigation will take place into the incident in due course.

Images from the scene show the second floor of the house destroyed with brick and timber scattered in the street.

Emergency services descended on scene following the explosion in the early hours.

🚒Our crews remain at the scene of an explosion in Willington, Crook. At 1.28am we received a call reporting an...

Posted by County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service on Monday, June 24, 2024

County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service said: "Our crews will remain in the area today alongside colleagues from Durham Constabulary, Durham County Council and Northern Gas Networks to assess the site and ensure it is structurally safe.

"We know this will be concerning for local residents and if you live in the area please listen to the advice and instruction of the emergency services.

Crews will remain in the area today alongside colleagues from Durham Constabulary, Durham County Council and Northern Gas Networks to assess the site and ensure it is structurally safe.

Engineers from Northern Gas Networks (NGN) are currently on site. James Knox, Business Operations Lead for NGN said: “Our engineers are on site at the request of the emergency services, and are supporting them with their investigations.”

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Durham Constabulary said: "Officers responded to reports of a house explosion at around 1.30am today (June 24) in Coronation Terrace, Willington.

"A man sustained serious injuries during the incident and has been taken to hospital by paramedics for treatment.

"A cordon has been put in place around the property while emergency services work at the scene.

"Nearby residents have been evacuated as a precaution and people are advised to avoid the area."

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