A CHESTER man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to his own house when his family were sleeping inside.
Anthony Lennon, 51, of Clivedon Road, Lache, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless to whether life is endangered at Chester Crown Court.
Lennon admitted setting fire to an adjoining shed at the back of the property on the corner of Clivedon Road and Poplar Road at about 1.40am on Friday August 23 while his family were sleeping.
Neighbours managed to alert the family after they heard a loud bang in the middle of the night and knocked on the door of the property. Inside were Lennon’s wife Christine, three of her grandchildren aged three, four and three months old and the teenage father of the youngest child.
The father, who didn’t want to be named, tried to tackle the fire which destroyed family photographs and videos with a garden hose before fire crews arrived and extinguished the blaze.
All of the family escaped from the property unharmed and Lennon was arrested by police close to the house.
Lennon was initally charged with arson with intent to endanger life but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of arson being reckless to whether life is endangered which the court accepted.
He will be sentenced on December 12 after a psychiatric assesment and a pre-sentence report are completed.