A pensioner has been charged in connection with an early morning fire in Builth Wells which has caused a building to be pulled down.

David Fraser Taylor from Lion Lane has been charged with arson which was “reckless as to whether life was endangered”.

The 66-year-old appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court last Friday, October 15. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Merthyr Crown Court next month.

Lion Lane is still cordoned off in the town while scene preservation duties continue - officers from Dyfed-Powys Police and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service will carry out a joint investigation of the premises to establish the cause of the fire when it is “safe to do so”.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said: “Due to concerns over the safety of a structure following the fire in the early hours of Sunday, October 3 2021, a cordon will remain in place for a number of weeks to allow specialist contractors to safely demolish the building.

“It is not blocking the traffic flow on the main road (A483) but there is limited access to Lion Lane. An assessment of the property showed the building was structurally unsafe meaning it would need to be safely pulled down.”

David Fraser Taylor - who has not yet entered a plea - will appear at Merthyr Crown Court on Friday, November 12.