Man pleads guilty to lighting Gardiner Road house fire

INVESTIGATION: A crime scene was established at the Gardiner Road house after Saturday's blaze forced the emergency evacuation of five people. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

INVESTIGATION: A crime scene was established at the Gardiner Road house after Saturday's blaze forced the emergency evacuation of five people. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

A 46-year-old man has pleaded guilty to starting a house fire in Gardiner Road after setting a mattress alight.

Kelvin Richard McPhee, who appeared in Orange Local Court on Monday, was refused bail after he pleaded guilty to starting the fire on Saturday.

Emergency services were called to the two-bedroom property at around 6.30pm after the fire, which had started in a bedroom, spread to the roof cavity.

ABLAZE: The fire at the Gardiner Road property started when a mattress was set alight, destroying one of the bedrooms. Photo: FACEBOOK

ABLAZE: The fire at the Gardiner Road property started when a mattress was set alight, destroying one of the bedrooms. Photo: FACEBOOK

There were five people, ranging in age from 14 to 42 years old, in the house at the time of the incident. All of the occupants managed to escape the house without injury.

One of the bedrooms in the property was destroyed, while the rest of the house had extensive smoke and water damage.

McPhee, who was arrested at the scene of the fire, was refused bail at a bail hearing on Saturday morning.

ON THE SCENE: Emergency services were called to the two-bedroom property at around 6.30pm after the fire. Photo: FACEBOOK

ON THE SCENE: Emergency services were called to the two-bedroom property at around 6.30pm after the fire. Photo: FACEBOOK

Police have established a crime scene at the house and interviewed several witnesses. Their investigation is continuing.

McPhee will appear in Orange Local Court on December 5.

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