Explosion injures girl, 11, and woman as man arrested for attempted murder

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an 11-year-old girl and a woman were injured in an explosion at home.

Greater Manchester Police said a girl and woman, 32, were taken to hospital as a "precaution" following the incident in Pewsey Road, Wythenshawe.

Officers were called the scene at around 12.20am after neighbours reported hearing a loud bang in the area, Manchester Evening News reports.

The walls and windows of the property were badly damaged, it has been reported, and emergency services later established a gas canister caused the explosion.

Police said those inside the property are "understandably shaken and upset" but said "it’s lucky that no one sustained any serious injuries."

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

Detective Inspector Christopher Potter of Greater Manchester Police City of Manchester Division said: "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."

He also said the force is treating the blast as an "isolated incident."

Inspector Potter 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."

A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "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."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 6060 quoting incident number 27 of 30/12/20. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11.

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