A SCHOOLGIRL from Bolton, charged with arson in connection with a fire in Manchester which claimed the life of firefighter Stephen Hunt, has appeared in court.

The 15-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was served with a court summons on May 19, ordering her to appear in court charged with arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

She appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court and she will return to the court on June 27.