An investigation's underway after a suspected arson attack at a flat in Wigan, critically injuring two people. Fire crews were called to Redbrook Road in Ince last night shortly after 9pm. A 24-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man are in hospital for treatment to serious burns.
The woman is described as being critical, while the man is in a critical but stable condition. The flat has been extensively damaged and residents from the other seven flats in the block are still unable to return home.
Two people are now in police custody. A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing arson with intent to endanger life and a 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing arson with intent to endanger life and causing grievous bodily harm.
We are continuing to keep an open mind as we investigate the events of last night as to how they occurred although clearly it is suspicious.
We are working closely with the fire service not only in relation to the investigation, but also in relation to the impact this incident has had on other residents. "We would ask that any witnesses, or anyone with any information, calls police as soon as possible.
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