A Hemel Hempstead man has been cleared of an arson attack that took place in April last year.
Bulgarian-born Nikolay Natov, aged 36, was found not guilty of both the charge of arson and intent to endanger life and a charge of reckless arson today by a jury at Luton Crown Court.
The fire caused multiple residence to flee from their homes during the fire at Octogan House, Nash Green, which took place in the early hours of the morning. Cars parked outside the house were also damaged.
Prosecutor Christopher Harper told Luton Crown Court: “Neighbours had to get out because they thought their homes were going to burn down.”
With the aid of a Bulgarian interpreter, Mr Natov stated he had nothing to do with the fire, despite the prosecution alleging he had started it over a falling out with his brother. However, he has now been acquitted.