GAS cylinders exploded when a house in Waverton caught fire this morning (Monday, January 12) in a suspected arson attack.
Nobody was inside when the new-build premises on Eggbridge Road were set alight but police officers were forced to close the road between the A41 and Manor Lane at 2am.
The six-bedroom house was under construction and minor damage was caused to nearby equipment and vehicles on the building site.
Fire crews from Chester attended the blaze which was extinguished and removed the gas cylinders to reduce the chance of any further explosions.
There have been no injuries reported and no evacuation of the surrounding area was made but the large detached house did suffer extensive damage.
Chester station manager Barry Williams said: “Substantial damage has been caused to the garage and first floor of the six-bedroom detached house in Waverton.
“Again, there is a strong suspicion of deliberate ignition but that cannot be confirmed yet and therefore the investigation is ongoing.”
A video shot at the scene of the fire can be found on this website