A man will go on trial today charged with murdering a 79-year-old woman who fostered dozens of children.
Widowed mother-of-nine Norma Bell was found in her terraced home in Westbourne Road, Hartlepool, in April following a fire.
Asbestos recovery worker Gareth Dack, 33, of Windermere Road, Hartlepool, will appear at Teesside Crown Court charged with her murder. He denied the offence at a previous hearing.
Mrs Bell was a grandmother who had fostered more than 50 children.