A Harrogate man appeared in court today (Monday November 4) charged with arson with intent to endanger life following an incident that led to homes being evacuated at 4am.
At around 3.45am, police officers attended a report of a gas leak at a house in Leyland Road, Harrogate and on arrival could smell gas.
Officers established that no-one was inside the house and evacuated neighbouring properties on the street.
Officers from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended the incident and gained entry to the premises along with a gas engineer and established that in addition to the gas leak, there was also a lit candle in one of the rooms.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service made the premises safe and no-one was injured as a result of the incident.
Meanwhile, police officers from Harrogate where present at separate address in the town where they arrested a 48-year-old man. He was questioned over the weekend and charged with arson with intent to endanger life.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court today (4 November 2013).
Updates to follow.