A disgruntled neighbour conspired to start a deadly blaze at a Tsing Yi flat because he considered its occupants to be too noisy, a court heard yesterday. The neighbour, Chan Shui-hung, later told a friend that he had intended only to set fire to the front door of the flat to frighten the two inhabitants, the Court of First Instance was told. Cheuk Oi-ming, 44, and Chan Chi-shing, 19, were burned to death in the blaze on the 16th floor of Ching Yeung House, Cheung Ching Estate, in November 2001. Chan, 25, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of manslaughter. Prosecutor Francis Lo accused Chan of providing a tin of solvent that he used to start the fire with an alleged accomplice, named Ng Man. No mention was made in court of the whereabouts of Ng. Mr Lo said Chan later told Lai Chi-shing that the pair had intended only to burn the door of the flat to scare the occupants, so that they would 'stop being loud and noisy in the housing estate'. Chan allegedly told his friend that he did not know what to do because he had not expected anyone to be killed in the blaze and indicated that he intended to flee to the mainland. Lai picked out Chan from an identification parade held in February last year. Chung Li-nor, who also lives at Ching Yeung House, told the court that she saw a man squatting outside the flat throw an object through a metal grille in the front door. Ms Chung said that she subsequently saw flames coming from the flat. Another resident, Pong Hee-tak, said he grabbed a fire hose in an attempt to extinguish the flames, but could not get close enough to the fire because of the smoke and intense heat. The case was due to continue before Mr Justice Michael Lunn and seven jurors today.