Teenager charged over flat blaze

A TEENAGER has been remanded in custody after being charged with committing arson with intent to endanger life.

Apprentice butcher Luke Cartridge, 18, of William Morris Terrace, in Shotton, also faces a charge of arson by being reckless of endangering life.

The charges follow a blaze at a flat in Pentland Close, in Peterlee, in the early hours of Saturday.

The fire trapped a 78-year-old man and his 74-year-old wife who escaped thanks to the efforts of neighbour John McKie.

Debra Jones, prosecuting at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court, said Mr McKie also picked up a portable television to break a window to enter the flat to reach the stricken couple.

Cartridge, who spoke only to give his name and address, was refused bail and remanded in custody to appear before Durham County Council on July 6.