Prestatyn fire - fifth death

42-year-old Melanie Jane Smith is charged with four counts of murder, one count of arson with intent to endanger life and threats to commit criminal damage, following a fire in Prestatyn on Friday 19th October. She denies the charges.

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Prestatyn house fire: Woman denies charges

A woman accused of starting a fire which killed a woman and three children has appeared in court at Prestatyn. Melanie Smith faces four charges of murder, a charge of arson and threatening to commit arson. She denies all charges.

In a brief hearing she spoke only confirm her name and address and that she understood the proceedings. She will appear before Mold Crown Court on Wednesday morning.

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