Manchester

Women injured jumping to safety in Walkden party fire

A suspected arson attack forced 30th birthday party revellers to jump from the window of a Salford flat.

About 15 people were in the property at Fernside Grove, Walkden, when the fire started at 05:30 BST.

Police said wheelie bins were pushed in front of the door of the building and set alight. It is not yet clear why the site was targeted.

Two women jumped from a first-floor window and suffered leg injuries, the fire service said.

Greater Manchester Police said an investigation was underway and appealed for witnesses.

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