“Gentoo was made aware of a major incident today at 3:45pm that occurred at two Gentoo flats on Whickham Street in Roker.
“Reports indicate this may have been a gas explosion, however investigations are ongoing, and we are cooperating with the emergency services and the local authority.
“We are doing everything that we can to offer as much support as possible to tenants, including providing temporary accommodation.
“The safety of our residents is our priority and we have staff at the scene offering support. We are clearly concerned for the wellbeing for the two confirmed casualties that have been taken to local hospitals. Our thoughts are with the casualties and their families at this difficult time.”