Court appearance in Freckleton fire murder case

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A TEENAGER accused of killing four young members of the same family in a house fire has appeared in court.

Dyson Allen, 19, spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing at Preston Crown Court.

Allen stands accused of four counts of murder following the deaths of 19-year-old Reece Smith, his twin sisters Holly and Ella, four and brother Jordan, two, at the fire at the house in Lytham Road, Freckleton on January 7.

The children died from smoke inhalation after the fire broke out during a party at the converted bungalow.

It is understood the blaze was started by a naked flame inside a wardrobe.

Family, friends and police officers filled the public gallery, maintaining a dignified silence throughout the proceedings.

Allen, of no fixed address, has not yet entered a plea to the charges of murder and displayed no emotion as the timetable was set for further hearings.

He will return to court in March for a plea and case management hearing.

Hugh Pond, defending, made no application for bail and Allen has been remanded in custody until he returns to court in February.