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Dyson Allen Jailed For Sibling Fire Deaths
A 'pyromaniac' teenager has been jailed for life for the manslaughter of four siblings who died in a house fire.
Dyson Allen, 19, must serve a minimum of nine years and three months for starting the fire in Freckleton, Lancashire, last year which killed four-year-olds Holly and Ella Smith and their two-year-old brother Jordan.
He set fire to a clothing rack in the room where the children were sleeping and waited in another room until the blaze took hold before raising the alarm.
Within minutes the fire had developed so much that aluminium lights had melted and the electrics failed.
The three young children were heard screaming for their mother but were unable to escape, the court heard.
All three died from the effects of smoke inhalation
Their elder brother Reece, 19, also died after he was overcome by fumes as he tried to rescue them.
Allen was among a number of the teenager's friends who were regular visitors to the house in Lytham Road.
On the night of the fire there had been a party to celebrate the birthday of the children's mother, Michelle Smith.
The court heard Allen had spent the day drinking vodka and smoking cannabis.
Ms Smith, 37, said she said remembered the lights going off and then Allen jumped down the stairs and shouted "fire" before he ran through the kitchen and out of the back door.
He was convicted in July of manslaughter having been cleared of their murders.
Judge Mr Justice Males said Allen had a history of "playing with fire" and had lied during the trial "to save his own skin".
Jailing him, the judge said Allen posed a "serious risk to the public" but added the teenager had no motive to harm the children or anyone in the Smith family.
Mr Justice Males said: "So why did you do it? In one sense, what prompted you to do this terrible thing - not only starting a fire in a room where defenceless young children were asleep but waiting for several minutes before raising the alarm - is a mystery.
"But in another sense, why you did it seems clear enough.
"It was because you were out of your head due to the lethal combination of alcohol and cannabis which you had taken that day and because of your fascination with fire, particularly when you are affected by drink or drugs.
"But although you were intoxicated, you were not so intoxicated that you did not know what you were doing."
Allen sat slumped in the dock, sobbing and holding his head in his hands. At times he shook his head and rocked forward.
When the sentence was passed he had to be held up by two security guards as he was led out of the dock.