Pensioner locked up for starting Bridlington sheltered housing blaze

The scene at Chantry Court after the fire in January.
The scene at Chantry Court after the fire in January.

A PENSIONER who started a blaze which led to the evacuation of elderly residents at a Bridlington sheltered housing complex has appeared in court for sentencing.

Marilyn Hind, 63, set fire to her home at Chantry Court on Monday, January 30. She had earlier pleaded guilty to arson, after a report was produced to see if she was fit enough to plea.

The report concluded she was fit, but at the time of the arson was suffering from mental health problems.

At Hull Crown Court on Monday, Judge Simon Jack ordered Hind to be locked up in a secure hospital unit.

Following the fire, Hind was left in a critical condition in hospital and four other residents were treated for smoke inhalation.

All 33 residents at Chantry Court, some in their 80s and 90s, were evacuated after six fire engines rushed to the scene.

Four residents in nearby rooms had to stay in guest accomodation at the complex, or with relatives, while £20,000 of repair work was carried out – with Hind’s room needing two new windows, rewiring and a new central heating boiler after the blaze, while other rooms needed deep cleaning due to smoke damage.

Hind has been given a hospital order with a restriction and will not be released until the Secretary of State deems she is fit.

She is currently living in mental health care accommodation at Mill View in Cottingham.