MAN INJURED IN HOMES BLAST ARRESTED
A MAN recovering in hospital after a blast destroyed two houses has been arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion, police said.
The 33-year-old was injured, with another man who is critical in hospital, after the explosion ripped through two terraced houses in Blackley, North Manchester, at around 12.30pm on Monday.
The blast destroyed both homes and damaged neighbouring houses.
Three others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
One man remains critical in hospital while the 33-year-old under arrest is described as stable.
The cause of the blast is still under investigation.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “This was a devastating incident which has left two people in hospital with serious injuries and destroyed part of a street.
“Progress is being made as we continue to investigate the cause of the explosion, but given the problematic working conditions, it may be several days before we will be able to return the street to normality.”