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A man has today been arrested on suspicion of killing a teenager who died in a gas cylinder explosion in Margate
Jarrad Swan, believed to be 18, died following the blast and a blaze at Adams Gas, in Bath Road, yesterday afternoon.
Now a 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter as an investigation involving the police, fire crews and the Health and Safety Executive continues.
Another man was seriously injured in the blaze that broke out at the gas suppliers' yard at about 3.30pm.
A police spokesman said: "Kent Police is investigating a fire at a premises in Bath Road, Margate, which took place at 3.41pm on June 24.
"Detectives are currently treating the cause as suspicious.
"A 42-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and has been bailed until Friday, June 27 pending further enquiries."
Around 20 firefighters were called to the yard, near the Mulberry pub, after people nearby reported hearing a massive bang.
The Kent air ambulance said Mr Swan had suffered severe burns and died at the scene. His mother and sister are believed to have arrived soon after the disaster.
Friends have been paying tribute to Mr Swan, who is believed to have been a father and a former East Kent College student.
Family friend Jude Enever visited the site to lay flowers this afternoon.
"He was a good lad who had just turned into an adult, who had got a job, had a family and was beginning his life..." - family friend Jude Enever
Hundreds of people have already joined a Facebook tribute page.
A message on the site said: "In memory of a young lad who has sadly been taken too soon in a tragic fire earlier today, June 24th 2014. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Xx"
A memorial for Mr Swan is due to be held in Bath Road from about 2pm today for those wishing to pay their respects.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service said it took around two hours to bring the blaze under control.
An air ambulance landed in nearby Dane Park, but the injured man was taken to the QEQM Hospital in Margate by road.
KFRS said the cause of the fire is not yet known.
The Health and Safety Executive is sending a team to the site today to carry out an initial investigation.
A spokesman said investigators will be working with police officers.
The fire led to traffic restrictions on Bath Road between Bath Place and Dane Road.
Crews from Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service were also at the scene.
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