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Arson attack leaves couple scared to return home - full report

by Jane Hesketh

A deaf couple whose home was deliberately targeted by arsonists say they're terrified to return in case it happens again. Michael and Angela Broderick run the British Sign Language Learning Centre from their home in Burbage in Leicestershire.

Their house was destroyed by a number of gas explosions. Speaking through an interpreter, they told our reporter Jane Hesketh how traumatic it had been.

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Burbage deaf couple describe arson attack ordeal

A deaf couple whose home was destroyed in an arson attack say they are terrified of returning in case it happens again.

Michael and Angela Broderick from Burbage in Leicestershire had a narrow escape, after they were pulled from their bungalow by police.

Speaking through an interpreter, they told ITV News Central about their ordeal.

Read more about the arson attack here.

Deaf couple survive gas explosion

A deaf couple from Burbage were trapped when a gas explosion caused their home to collapse.

Michael Broderick and his wife Angela survived the gas explosion Credit: ITV News Central

Michael and Angela Broderick, who are both deaf, escaped with minor injuries after being trapped in their own bungalow on the 12th August.

The couple were awoken by their deaf alarm, fitted weeks before Credit: ITV News Central

They survived thanks to recently-fitted fire alarms, designed for the hearing-impaired, which vibrated under their pillows and woke them both.

POLICE: "This incident could have cost someone their life"

Police are appealing to find two men wearing high visibility jackets who were seen near a bungalow that was deliberately set on fire in Leicestershire on Sunday night.

They may be witnesses to what happened and so we would be keen to speak to them or anyone who may have seen them.

"It is likely that the person or people involved in setting this fire may have caused injuries to themselves including burn injuries so we would appeal for anyone who knows anyone who has received such injuries since Sunday night to contact us with information.

– Detective Constable Rebekah Cortez

Officers were called to Aldridge Road in the early hours of Monday morning to reports of an explosion. Two officers broke into the bungalow and rescued to deaf people inside the property.

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"Criminal" investigation launched over bungalow explosion

Explosion at destroyed bungalow in Burbage Credit: ITV News Central

Police have launched a criminal investigation following a fire and explosion at a property in Leicestershire.

The bungalow in Burbage caught fire in the early hours of Monday morning and two deaf people inside were rescued by police officers. Fire officers say the fire was started deliberately.

Detectives say they are looking for two men wearing high visibility jackets seen close to the scene when police arrived in the early hours of Monday morning. Police suspect that those responsible for the causing the fire would have burn injuries themselves.

Bungalow explosion treated as arson

Police say an explosion at a bungalow in Leicestershire was caused by a fire which was started deliberately.

Bungalow on Aldridge Road where two people were pulled to safety by police officers Credit: ITV News Central

Police were called to the property on Aldridge Road in Burbage in the early hours of Monday morning to reports of an explosion. Fire investigators have now finished their investigation and are treating the incident as arson.

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