Hackney: Man charged with arson after house fire

House fire
Firefighters from Shoreditch, Stoke Newington and Bethnal Green attended the scene

A 63-year-old man has been charged with arson following a fire at a property in east London.

Ian Pitkin, of Newick Road, Hackney, is due to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on Monday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Officers were called to the blaze at a three-storey house on Newick Road at approximately 12:45 GMT on 20 March.

Four people - three from neighbouring properties and one passer-by - were injured.

London Fire Brigade said eight engines and about 60 firefighters tackled the flames.

Mr Pitkin has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and possession of an offensive weapon in a private place.

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