Man arrested for attempted murder after girl and woman injured in house explosion

Jimmy Nsubuga
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The explosion happened in Pewsey Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester (Getty)
The explosion happened in Pewsey Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester. (Reach)

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two people were injured in a house explosion in Manchester.

An 11-year-old girl and a 32-year-old woman were taken to hospital as a “precaution” following the incident in Wythenshawe on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

Officers were called to Pewsey Road at around 12.20am after the sound of a bang was heard by neighbours.

Emergency services attended and established that a gas canister inside the home had caused an explosion, badly damaging the walls and windows within the property.

A fire service spokesman confirmed that five people were checked at the scene by paramedics but there were no serious injuries.

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life. He remains in custody for questioning.

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder (Reach)
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. (Reach)

A scene remains in place at the property and an investigation is underway, a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokesman said.

Photos from the scene showed the windows to the home had been blown off from the explosion, which is being treated as an isolated incident.

Det Insp Christopher Potter of GMP’s City of Manchester Division said: “This was a nasty explosion that has caused some significant damage to a property and it’s lucky that no one sustained any serious injuries.

"Whilst no one was badly hurt, this has left those who were inside the property at the time understandably shaken and upset.

“We understand that events such as this can cause significant worry and concern for the local community but we want to reassure you that we believe this to have been an isolated incident and there is no wider threat posed to the public.

“We currently have one man in custody for questioning and our investigation is very much underway as we try to ascertain all the facts surrounding the incident.

“We would urge anyone with information that could assist us with our enquiries to speak with police.”

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A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson added: “At 00:34 on 30 December 2020, three fire engines from Cheadle and Wythenshawe, and one technical response unit with support appliance from Ashton under Lyne, attended an incident in a domestic property on Pewsey Road, Wythenshawe.

"It is believed that there was an explosion caused by butane gas cylinder.

"There was no fire, but firefighters used shoring up equipment, lighting equipment, a thermal imaging camera and gas detectors to make the property safe.

"Five casualties were given a precautionary check by ambulance paramedics. Crews were in attendance for approximately two hours.”

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