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Man arrested after suspected gas explosion damages Belfast house released on police bail

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The scene at Grosvenor Court after the blast

The scene at Grosvenor Court after the blast

The scene at Grosvenor Court after the blast

The scene at Grosvenor Court after the blast

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The scene at Grosvenor Court after the blast

A man questioned by police following a suspected gas explosion in Belfast has been released.

Army bomb disposal experts, police and the Fire Service attended a house at Grosvenor Court yesterday morning.

Neighbours were initially evacuated from their homes, but were eventually allowed to return as emergency services investigated.

The street was cordoned off to traffic.

PSNI Detective Inspector Lisa McCambridge said the man aged 33 was arrested in the south Belfast area.

He has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

An eyewitness said: "Initially people thought it was some sort of device that had gone off, but after a while the rumour was that it was linked to the gas at the house.

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"We're still not sure what happened."

The PSNI said: "Police received a report of a fire at a property shortly before 9am. There are no reports of any injuries at this time."

The Fire Service, which sent three appliances to the scene, said: "The cause of the fire is under investigation.

"The incident was dealt with at 9.44am."


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