Blackburn arsonist Kieron Gray found dead in jail

A Blackburn man who torched his ex-girlfriend's flat on New Year's Day was found dead a day into his jail term.

Kieron Gray, 42, started a fire on Wellington Road on 1 January after his girlfriend ended their relationship.

He was sentenced to two years in prison, at Preston Crown Court on Thursday.

The Prison Service said Gray was taken to hospital after being found with injuries at HMP Preston on Friday, but died later that day.

A spokesman said Gray was not on suicide watch. No details have been released about how he died.

On Thursday, the court heard Gray had set fire to his ex-girlfriend's flat, at about 02:00 GMT on 1 January.

'Death investigated'

Gray, from Coleridge Street, removed his possessions from the flat, then set fire to his ex-girlfriend's belongings.

A passer-by noticed smoke and woke up surrounding residents, then contacted the fire service.

As the passer-by tried to get into the flat, believing people were inside, he saw Gray in the garden, who lied and said he had already called the emergency services.

Nobody else was in the flat at the time Gray set it alight. He was arrested and charged with arson the following day.

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation into his death.

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