Teenager charged over Peterlee house fire

An 18-year-old has been charged in connection with a fire which forced a couple to flee their home.

The retired couple in their 70s managed to escape the fire at their semi-detached home in Pentland Close, in Peterlee, County Durham, on Friday.

Durham Police said the fire started in a wheelie bin but quickly spread to the property's windows.

The man has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life and is due before Peterlee magistrates later.

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