An Andover man will appear in crown court after a house fire that killed a number of animals. 

As previously reported, firefighters and officers were called to a house fire at a property in Spring Mews at approximately 10pm on Tuesday, February 6.

The property's ground and first floor were alight, with the fire spreading across three adjoining properties.

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All residents were safely evacuated, with one person passed into the care of the ambulance for treatment for smoke inhalation, and a snake rescued from the property and taken into the care of a local vet.

Aston Corri Stiles, 32, of Spring Mews, Andover, was charged with arson with intent to endanger life and arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

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He was remanded in custody before appearing at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Thursday, February 8.

The court heard how Stiles lived in the property where the fire was started. The fire service swiftly arrived at the scene to put out the fire, although a number of Stile's pets perished in the blaze. No harm was caused to neighbouring residents of the property.

Stiles was remanded in custody and will appear at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday, March 7.