Tyne & Wear

Man injured in suspected gas blast in Newcastle

The house after the explosion
Image caption The roof of the house collapsed in the explosion

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after a suspected gas explosion at a house in Newcastle.

Police said the 38-year-old suffered "potentially life-threatening injuries" in the blast in the city's Sceptre Street early on Wednesday.

His condition was later described as critical but stable.

A number of neighbouring properties were evacuated and were later judged to be in a dangerous condition by structural engineers.

Safety barriers have been put up until they are made safe.

There were no other reported injuries.

A joint police and fire service investigation into the cause has begun.

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