Lancashire

Freckleton fire: Dyson Allen in court charged over four deaths

Reece Smith, Holly Smith, Ella Smith and Jordan Smith
Image caption The four siblings died in the fire at their house in Freckleton in January

A 19-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of four siblings in a fire in Lancashire.

Dyson Allen, of no fixed abode, appeared at Preston Crown Court where he was remanded in custody.

He is charged with killing Reece Smith, 19, four-year-old twins Holly and Ella and Jordan, two, in a blaze at their home in Freckleton on 7 January.

The children died from the effects of smoke inhalation as a result of the fire in the converted bungalow.

The fire was started by a naked flame inside a wardrobe in the children's bedroom of the house in Lytham Road.

Mr Allen is due to re-appear at the same court on Monday 17 December.

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