‘Guest may have started blaze’

Four siblings died in the fire at Lytham Road in Freckleton.

Four siblings died in the fire at Lytham Road in Freckleton.

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The teenager accused of starting a fire which killed four siblings has blamed another guest at the home of the children’s mother for the blaze.

Dyson Allen said he was cleaning a grinder he had used to prepare a drugs mix in one of the bedrooms of Michelle Smith’s house on Lytham Road, Freckleton, when the electricity cut off because of the fire in January last year.

He said a guest was upstairs in the moments before.

Allen, 19, told Preston Crown Court: “That gives her enough time to do anything in the children’s room.”

Allen told the court the guest had gone upstairs to wake Miss Smith, who was sleeping in a room with four-year-old twins Holly and Ella, and Jordan, two.

He suggested the guest could have gone upstairs with a candle to wake Miss Smith up and left the candle in the room before they went back downstairs.

He said: “It could have been done on purpose, or it could have been an accident that she put the candle in the wardrobe or somewhere else while she woke her up. That’s what I honestly think.”

Allen, of no fixed address, admitted lying to police in the days following the fire about being upstairs to mix drugs.

Under cross examination, he said: “I did it because I didn’t want to get myself into trouble.”

He denies four counts of murder and four counts of manslaughter following the deaths of Holly, Ella, Jordan, and their brother Reece, 19.

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