Lancashire

Freckleton fatal fire: Murder accused Dyson Allen faces trial

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 accused of murdering four siblings in a house fire in Lancashire is to face trial.

Dyson Allen, 19, of no fixed address, appeared at Preston Crown Court earlier and was remanded in custody.

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.

Mr Allen's is due to appear on 4 March at Preston Crown Court, with a trial date set for 4 June, 2013.

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

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

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