Flat fire murder charge

A man has been charged with murder after a pensioner died during a flat fire in Willenhall.

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Aiden Elmore, aged 20, of New Invention, Willenhall, is accused of deliberately starting the blaze which tore through maisonettes in Southey Close.

Victor Moore, aged 68, collapsed and died during the blaze on Monday morning. His body was discovered inside the communal foyer area and a post mortem examination confirmed he died as a result of exposure to the fire.

Elmore was today appearing at Walsall Magistrates Court also charged with arson with intent to endanger life.