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Man in court on arson charge

Scene of house fire, North Byland, Illingworth.

Scene of house fire, North Byland, Illingworth.

A man has appeared on court in connection with a fire which ravaged a house in Illingworth on Sunday.

Darren Murphy, 36, of Bankfield Yard, Halifax, appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with committing arson with intent to endanger life.

A fire crew from Illingworth and two pumps from Halifax were called to the blaze at a house on North Byland at about 4.30am on Sunday.

The first floor of the house was completely gutted by the blaze.

Crews remained at the scene throughout Sunday to dampen down and fire investigators worked to determine cause.

 
 
 

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