Three generations of same family die in Cwmbran house fire
Three generations of the same family who all died in a suspected arson attack were named by police today.
Grandmother Kim Buckley, 46, her daughter Kayleigh Buckley, 17, and her six-month-old grand-daughter Kimberley Buckley all died in the blaze this morning.
Fire ripped through their home in Tillsland, Coed Eva, Cwmbran, South Wales, at around 3.30am today.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and is currently in custody.
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Gwent Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service began forensic investigations this morning.
Officers will also be conducting house-to-house enquiries in the area and searches of the surrounding areas have also begun.
Chief Inspector Steve Corcoran said: "This is a tragic incident that involved three generations of the same family and our condolences are with the family of the victims.
"We would ask, on their behalf, for them to be left alone to grieve at this time. Our family liaison officers are supporting them at this dreadful time.
"This has affected the wider community, they were well known within the community and their loss will be keenly felt and they will be missed. We are grateful for the co-operation of the community at this awful time.
"We are working with partners to ensure that all those affected will be given support.
"Our officers will remain at the scene for anyone who wants to speak to them, anyone who has any concerns or any information about this incident, specifically anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious leading up to the fire, people can also call us on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."
Dewi Rose, Head of Operations at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Five fire stations and approximately 30 firefighters quickly arrived at the scene of the incident and fire crews worked hard to extinguish the fire and attempted to rescue the persons trapped inside the building.
"South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Urban Search and Rescue Team, are currently in attendance at the scene shoring up the property to enable scenes of crime officers and SWFRS fire investigation team to investigate the scene.
"We are and will continue to work with our partners Gwent Police and scenes of crime to establish the cause of the fire.
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those that have sadly lost their lives today."
If anyone has any information about the incident or saw anything suspicious around the address leading up to the time of the fire, they are asked to call 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Tributes are flooding onto social networking sites following the tragedy.
On Twitter, @62Deb said: R.I.P Mum,daughter & baby granddaughter killed in house fire in cwmbran gwent, near my home town so sad :(
@ilovejmaher said: Just read about the possible Arson attack in Cwmbran. Absolutely terrible
@welshyiddo1976 tweeted: Rest In Peace to the family killed in the devasting house fire in Coed Eva, Cwmbran earlier this morning!!