Zak Bolland admits starting Walkden house fire that left four young children dead and their mum in a coma

Zak Bolland, 23, pleaded guilty to arson on the day his trial was due to start.

Demi Pearson, 14, Brandon, eight, Lacie, seven, and Lia, three, all tragically died in the blaze just two weeks before Christmas.

Their mum Michelle Pearson, 36, was critically injured and is still being treated in an intensive care unit with severe burns.

Last week, police revealed she’d come out of her coma to be given the devastating news that her four children had died.

Today, Bolland changed his plea at the last minute and today admitted arson at Manchester Crown Court.

He denies murder and attempted murder.

Courtney Brierley, 20, and David Worrall, 25, pleaded not guilty to arson, murder and attempted murder.

Firefighters battled against the flames at the family home in Walkden, Gtr Manchester, in the early hours of December 11 last year but were unable to rescue siblings Demi, Brandon and Lacie.

Lia was taken to hospital but died two days later.

Two other teenagers managed to escape from the property.

In a joint statement at the time, their heartbroken family said: “Demi, such a beautiful young lady with so many friends. She was like another mum to the younger ones, such a star.

“Brandon was going to be the next Stephen Hawking, he was so clever.

“Brandon and Lacie were like twins, they were close in age, but had an even closer bond.

“Lacie was a little diva, she loved to dance.

“Little Lia loved Peppa Pig. She was so cute and the older ones doted on her.”

The trial is due to start tomorrow.

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