Two arrested after house explosion in Lancashire

House explosion at Cumberland Avenue, Clayton Le Moors in Lancashire The explosion destroyed the property in Cumberland Avenue

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson after an explosion at a house in Lancashire.

About 30 firefighters tackled the blaze in Cumberland Avenue, Clayton-le-Moors at 02:05 BST on Tuesday.

No-one had been in the house at the time but people had to be evacuated from the property next door.

Two men - a 20-year-old from Clitheroe and a 24-year-old from Accrington - who were arrested, have been bailed until June.

'Fire started deliberately'

Det Sgt Tim McDermott said: "The explosion has left the house pretty much demolished and it is sheer luck that nobody was very seriously injured or killed."

The fire service on their way to a house explosion in Cumberland Avenue, Clayton Le Moors in Lancashire Flames were seen from the house fire in Cumberland Avenue in Lancashire

"We believe the fire was started deliberately although the exact nature of the fire and cause of the explosion remain to be fully established," he added.

According to Lancashire Fire and Rescue, the next door neighbours had to be temporarily housed as the intense heat and smoke had seeped through the loft space between the properties.

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