Girl, 15, charged over death blaze

Preston and Leyland Citizen: A 15-year-old girl has been charged over a shop blaze in which firefighter Stephen Hunt died (Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service) A 15-year-old girl has been charged over a shop blaze in which firefighter Stephen Hunt died (Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service)

A teenage girl is to appear in court over the death of a fireman in a shop blaze.

The 15-year-old has been summonsed to court to face a charge of reckless arson after father-of-two Stephen Hunt died in the fire at Paul's Hair World in Manchester.

Mr Hunt, 38, was one of 60 firefighters who battled the shop blaze in Manchester city centre on July 13 last year.

He and a colleague got into difficulties while battling the fierce blaze and was taken to hospital but his life could not be saved.

Fire and police launched a joint investigation into the cause of the fire and two 15-year-old girls were arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.

One of the girls will now be charged over the fire.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: "Following an investigation by officers from GMP's Major Incident Team, a 15-year-old was served with a summons on the evening of Monday 19 May 2014.

"She will appear at Manchester City Magistrates' Court on Monday June 2 to face a charge of arson - reckless as to whether life endangered."

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