Chorley man appears in court accused of setting fire to a home with a family-of-three trapped inside

A 25-year-old man has appeared in court for the first time since he was accused of setting fire to a home in Chorley whilst a family slept upstairs.

Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 12:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 12:26 pm

Sean Anthony Fisher, from Devonport Way, Chorley, appeared at Preston Magistrates' Court on Monday morning (August 24).

He has been charged with arson following an investigation into a fire at a terraced home in Vicarage Street in the early hours of June 24.

Fisher pleaded not guilty at the initial hearing before Magistrates and was remanded in custody.

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Sean Fisher, 24, has been charged in connection with an arson investigation after a family had to be rescued from their burning home in Vicarage Street, Chorley on Wednesday, June 24. Pic: Google

He will next appear at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday, September 2, where a trial by jury will begin.

Fisher was arrested on Sunday, August 23 after he was found hiding in a loft at a home in Chorley.

The 25-year-old had been wanted in connection with an arson investigation after a fire in June left a family-of-three trapped inside their burning home.

Three people were rescued by firefighters, with crews having to smash an upstairs bedroom window to free them.

Following a joint investigation by Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, the cause of the fire was deemed to have been deliberate.

A week after the fire, Lancashire Police issued an appeal to help find Sean Fisher after he was identified as a suspect in the arson investigation.