Cornwall man arrested over Bodmin house explosion

A 49-year-old Truro man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after an explosion that ripped the roof off a house in Cornwall.

More than 20 firefighters battled a fierce fire which broke out after the blast at Margaret's Crescent in Bodmin, just before 21:00 BST on Tuesday.

Engineers from Western Power dug up the pavement to cut off the electricity to the vacant house after the roof and one side of the building were blown off.

A spokesman said no-one was hurt.

One neighbour said she heard two separate "booms" and rushed outside to see the house badly damaged and ablaze.

'Dramatic scenes'

Another resident, Colin Pearce, was dragged from his bed by neighbours who feared the flames could spread to his home, just feet from the burning building.

Mr Pearce said: "I was asleep at the time, I had had a long day and went to bed at 7pm."

Station manager for Cornwall Fire and Rescue in the east of Cornwall Lee Griffin said: "The front of the building had exploded into the front of the garden. There were quite dramatic scenes.

"We had to evacuate people from the immediate properties around. Once the fire was under control people were allowed back into their homes. It was amazing that no-one was injured."

At its peak three fire crews, two from Bodmin and one from nearby Lostwithiel, tackled the fire, the cause of which is being investigated.

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