Man arrested over Wallasey house explosion

A man who was caught in an explosion which damaged a house on Merseyside has been arrested.

Fire crews were called to Lucerne Road in Wallasey at 00:20 GMT on Saturday following reports of an explosion.

A Merseyside Fire spokesman said the blaze at the house had taken "a while to tackle due to a ruptured gas pipe".

The 37-year-old man, who was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital with burns, has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said his injuries were "not thought to be life-threatening".

A second man who was taken to hospital for treatment following the fire has since been released.

Merseyside Fire's Paul Murphy said the explosion had left a "bay window's glass blown out and there was some damage to brickwork, [though] no part of the structure had collapsed".

"The fire took a while to tackle due to a ruptured gas pipe - Transco was requested to isolate the gas supply to the property so the fire could be extinguished," he said.

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