Manchester

Miss Selfridge blaze accused's Salford flat set alight

Miss Selfridge in Market Street, Manchester city centre
Image caption Miss Selfridge in Market Street, Manchester, was set alight during the riots

A fire at the home of a man charged with setting fire to a Miss Selfridge store in Manchester is no longer believed to be deliberate.

Detectives initially thought the blaze at the flat of Dane Williamson in Broughton Road, Salford, was a suspected arson attack.

Mr Williamson, 18, is in custody over the damage caused to Miss Selfridge in Market Street last Tuesday.

Police later said the cause of the flat fire was not thought to be deliberate.

Firefighters were called to The Gateway Apartments in Broughton Road in the early hours of Monday.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: "The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is not believed to be deliberate."

Mr Williamson, 18, is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing over a charge that he caused criminal damage, being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

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