Woman arrested after house blows up


Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officials have arrested a woman in West Bay following an overnight explosion inside a home on Fig Close.  

Cayman Islands Fire Service crews received a call of a house fire around 1.17am Saturday, Chief Fire Officer Dennom Bodden said.  

However, prior to the fire report the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said its officers received a domestic violence call at the home on Fig Close, located between Powell Smith Road and West Church Street.  

The man who called police said that his girlfriend was “smashing up the house”.  

Police officers arrived at the scene shortly afterward, at which time there was an explosion within the house.  

It appeared propane from a tank had leaked into the room of the home and an unidentified ignition source caused the blast.  

The entire left side of the home was blown apart, with debris littering the yard from the blast.  

The explosion also damaged the responding police vehicle, but no officers were injured. Mr. Bodden could not immediately confirm the cause of the blast. He said firefighters had the small blaze from the explosion under control within minutes of their arrival. “It appears that the explosion did involve some propane,” Mr. Bodden said, adding Home Gas was on scene inspecting the tank.  

The male victim was taken to hospital where he was being treated for serious burns Saturday. The woman, age 50, sustained a cut to her hand and was arrested on suspicion of arson and assault. 

Hospital personnel described both injuries as non-life threatening. 

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