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Man arrested after family escape Bolton arson attack

House fire aftermath in Bolton Image copyright GMFRS
Image caption The home was badly damaged in the fire but a family of five escaped unhurt

A man has been arrested after a family of five - including a three-year-old boy - escaped an arson attack on their home by jumping from a window.

Firefighters were called after the blaze broke out in Jedburgh Avenue, Bolton, at 02:30 GMT on Saturday.

A smoke alarm woke the sleeping family, who jumped to safety from the first floor.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Firefighter manager Lee Coleman, of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said the family awoke to see flames lapping at the front door.

"There was no way they could have got out of that house through the front door and so they made their exit through the bedroom window of the first floor," he said.

One man jumped from the window into the back garden, before the child was dropped to safety into the man's arms, firefighters said.

Two women and a second man also jumped.

All five were given oxygen at the scene before being transferred to the Royal Bolton Hospital for further tests and treatment.

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