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St Leonards hospice fire: Man, 67, charged

Fire damage at St Michael's Hospice Image copyright PA
Image caption Twenty three patients, some terminally ill, were evacuated from the building

A man has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life following a fire at a hospice in East Sussex.

Rodney Smith, 67, of Quarry Hill, St Leonards, was charged following the blaze on 11 July.

The charge relates to a fire at St Michael's Hospice in St Leonards.

Two patients, Jill Moon, 62 and David Denness, 81, suffered smoke inhalation and died later in hospital. The family of Jill Moon have paid tribute to "an amazing person".

Mr Denness's family have previously said: "Our thoughts are with every family involved in these very sad circumstances."

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