Man charged with arson attack ‘that could have risked lives’ after house fire in York
A man has appeared in court today (Monday) charged with arson after a fire at a house in York.
Firefighters were called to the fire on Farrar Street, off Lawrence Street, on Saturday afternoon (5 March).
After putting out the blaze, they contacted York police.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “At 4pm on Saturday 5 March, North Yorkshire Police received a call from the fire service in relation to a house fire on Farrar Street, York.
“A 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and was charged with arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.”
Neighbours reported hearing a series of loud bangs, then saw police crime scene investigation vans in the street.
Benjamin Michael Sheard appeared at York Magistrates’ Court today charged with the offence.
He didn’t enter a plea and has been remanded in custody until an appearance at York Crown Court on April 4.