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Dream House arsonist in court

Donna's Dream House founder Len Curtis surveys the damage caused by the fire.

Donna's Dream House founder Len Curtis surveys the damage caused by the fire.

THE teenager responsible for a fire which ripped through a Blackpool charity will be sentenced tomorrow.

Cairn Major admitted he was responsible for the blaze at Donna’s Dream House two days into his trial at Preston Crown Court last month.

The 19-year-old, of Tyldesley Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to one count of arson and two burglary charges against him.

Jason Baxendale, 19, also admitted his involvement in the crime on the second day of the trial, pleading guilty to one count of burglary.

Both teenagers will be back before Preston Crown Court tomorrow.

The fire ripped through the office cabin of the children’s charity, on Chapel Street, in the early hours of December 21, 2011, causing £100,000 of damage.

During the trial the jury heard the office cabin was completely destroyed and had to be rebuilt, at a cost of £80,000, while £25,000 of contents were damaged.

And the charity’s founder Len Curtis said he had been forced to fork out thousands more to up security and make sure a similar incident never happened again.

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