North East Wales

Prestatyn fire death: More time to question suspects

Police have been granted extra time to question a man, 45, and a woman, 42, on suspicion of murder after a fire which killed four people in Denbighshire.

Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, her 15-month-old son Charlie, nephew Bailey Allen, four, and two-year-old niece Skye died after the blaze in Prestatyn on Friday.

Police have until 04:00 BST on Tuesday to question the suspects after magistrates gave a 36-hour extension.

Bodnant Community School has paid tribute to Bailey and his sister Skye.

Ms Shiers and her niece and nephew died following the blaze, and police confirmed at the weekend that Charlie had died at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool surrounded by his family.

Liam Timbrell, 23, his father and Ms Shiers' partner, is in a critical but stable condition.

Neighbours made valiant attempts to save the children from the first floor flat but were beaten back by flames following the blaze, say firefighters.

In a letter sent to pupils' parents, Bodnant head teacher Helen Vernon says: "Skye's little smiling face lit up the playgroup.

"She loved dressing up as a princess, and enjoyed singing and dancing around the room.

"She carried a little brown handbag with her from the dressing-up box and she loved butterflies.

"Skye was adored by everyone and was never without a smile on her face. She ran in every morning with her big brother ready to play.

"She was a joy to have in the playgroup."

'Loud and lively'

The letter adds: "Bailey was a happy, loud and lively child who made a huge impact on our nursery class.

"Such a happy, kind, helpful boy, Bailey loved school. He loved to sing and a special favourite of his was Once I Caught a Fish Alive.

"We recently told the story of Little Red Hen and Sly Fox. Bailey loved to shout and warn us when Sly Fox was about.

"A good friend to others, Bailey loved the outdoors, taking part in all activities with a huge smile.

"Bailey was a brilliant brother who always gave Skye a lovely welcome and a hug when she arrived with Mum and Dad to pick him up.

"We will miss him so much and our nursery will not be the same without his smile."

The school said staff were helping to support pupils.

Officers had previously confirmed that the suspects being questioned had been living in the ground floor flat below.

The family has issued a statement thanking the community of Prestatyn for their flowers, cards and messages of condolences.

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