A devastating house blaze has claimed the life of a five-year-old girl, Alysia Salisbury. The fire broke out before 10pm on May 27 and engulfed a property located in Pontyglasier, a village near Crymych in Pembrokeshire.
Dyfed-Powys Police forces rushed to the building following reports of the fire, and the scene was also attended by the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the Welsh Ambulance Service, and the Welsh Air Ambulance.
Despite their best efforts, the forces could not save young Alysia, who died at the scene.
The emergency services fought the blaze throughout the night, and on Sunday morning they started investigating the incident and determine what caused it.
The probe is expected to last throughout the day, The Pembrokeshire Herald wrote.
In a statement released on Sunday, DCI Llyr Williams said: “Our thoughts are with the family and the local community at this tragic time.
“HM Coroner has been informed and officers will now work with colleagues from the fire service to establish the cause of the fire. The family request privacy at this difficult time.”
The family of Alysia is being supported by specialist officers, the force added. They described her as “a beautiful daughter and sister” hours afterwards.
The fight against the blaze involved fire crews from Crymych, Cardigan, Newcastle Emlyn, Whitland, and Fishguard – as well as the Urban Search and Rescue Team.
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The firefighters used a specialist kit including a turntable ladder from Haverfordwest and a water bowser from Milford Haven and a police drone.
Speaking about the incident, a representative from the Welsh Ambulance Service said to have received a call after 9.45pm on Saturday.
They added: “We sent a rapid response vehicle, an emergency ambulance, and were supported by the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service.”