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The house at Pilkington Terrace where two men were rescued after a fire.

The house at Pilkington Terrace where two men were rescued after a fire.

The house at Pilkington Terrace where two men were rescued after a fire.

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A man allegedly set fire to house in which two men were seriously injured after lighting bed clothes, a trial at Sligo Circuit Court has heard.Dean Mahon (37) has pleaded not guilty to arson at 11 Pilkington Terrace, Sligo.

The houseowner told the court he saw him set fire to duvets on a bed after initially threatening to set the house on fire.

The accused’s former wife told Gardaí he had told her he was going to put the place up in flames.

She rang 999 when she became aware of the blaze and stated that Mahon was the person responsible. The accused also rang 999 saying two men were trapped inside. The two men rescued from the house, where thick smoke meant zero visibilty for firefighters, in an unresponsive state with laboured breathing and burns to their hands and face. Evidence in the case finished last Friday with closing speeches and the trial judge’s charge to the jury yesterday (Monday) afternoon.

The jury began deliberating this afternoon.

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