Man in court over Bideford fire

Arson charge follows house fire.

A man has appeared in court following a house fire in Bideford.

Samuel Oates, 29, from Barnstaple, appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court following a blaze at South View Terrace on Wednesday night.

The defendant indicated a guilty plea to a charge of arson with intent to cause damage or endanger life.

Two men were taken to North Devon District Hospital following the incident, and one was still in intensive care on Thursday with serious burn injuries to his hands.

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The other was treated for smoke inhalation but had no life-threatening injuries.

The case has been referred to Exeter Crown Court for sentencing on February 3.

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