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Man charged four weeks after explosion that ruined Bristol flats

The blast blew out the front of the block of flats in Hartcliffe.

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with an explosion that ripped through a block of flats and left several people temporarily homeless in Bristol.

35-year-old James Toogood is facing a charge of arson with intent to endanger life, or he was reckless that life would be endangered.

Three people were injured in an explosion at a block of flats in Hartcliffe on Friday 23 February.

The blast completely blew out the front of the building and wrecked one of four flats in the 1950s block in Whitchurch Lane.

Emergency services attended the scene and treated several casualties, one of which reportedly included a four-year-old girl.

Several people were left temporarily homeless after the explosion.

Toogood appeared before Magistrates in Bristol on Friday 22 March and was released on conditional bail.

He is due before a judge at Bristol Crown Court on Monday April 15.

Several people have been left temporarily homeless by the incident and a fundraiser, set up within hours of the blast, has raised more than £1,000 to help those affected.

The 35-year-old was arrested and charged last week.