Court told of pounds 2m flats blaze

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Two teenagers started London's worst residential fire for at least 10 years - making 95 families homeless and causing pounds 2m damage to a block of flats, an Old Bailey court was told yesterday.

Police and fire crews arrived at Golf Links estate in Southall, west Londonto find a major fire spreading and flames spiralling 40 feet into the air. Terrified residents were calling for help from the upper floors, but although the block had to be completely evacuated there were no fatalities and injuries were minor, the court was told. Alan Atkinson, 15 and Pardip Khambey, 16, both from west London, deny arson on 15 November last year.