Lancashire

Freckleton fire: Dyson Allen pleads not guilty to murder

Reece Smith, Holly Smith, Ella Smith and Jordan Smith
Image caption Reece Smith, Holly Smith, Ella Smith and Jordan Smith died from the effects of smoke inhalation

A teenager has pleaded not guilty to the murder of four siblings who died in a house fire in Lancashire.

Dyson Allen, 19, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody at Preston Crown Court to face trial on 4 June.

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

The children died from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Investigators said the blaze in the converted bungalow was started by a naked flame inside a wardrobe, in the children's bedroom of the house in Lytham Road.

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