North East Wales

Prestatyn fire: Church memorial service for family

About 300 people attended a public service in Prestatyn for five people who died in a house fire.

Liam Timbrell, 23, died in hospital last week following the blaze on 19 October which claimed the lives of his partner Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, and their 15-month-old son Charlie.

Ms Shiers' nephew Bailey Allen, four, and niece Skye, two, also died in the fire.

A woman faces five murder charges.

A private funeral was held on Tuesday.

The public memorial service was held at Prestatyn Parish Church, Christchurch, on Wednesday morning.

Skye and Bailey's father, Steve Allen, gave a tribute on behalf of the family during the service and wore a football shirt with the names and ages of his two children on the back.

He said: "It's hard to put into terms what it feels like for what we're all going through and obviously the community are feeling it too.

"My kids, my sister, Charlie my nephew and the hero of them all, Liam. That night he did what he could to save my family.

"For that we will be grateful forever."

The Reverend Quentin Bellamy, who led the service, said the whole community was praying for the family.

"It's going to be very hard and nobody denies that," he said.

Image caption Lee-Anna Shiers, partner Liam Timbrell and their son Charlie; her niece Skye and nephew Bailey Allen. (Mr Timbrell photo: Freelance Photos North Wales)

"It's going to be dreadful in the days that lie ahead. But they can be reassured that they have a town and a community anda church which is praying for them very hard."

Family snaps

The church was decorated with many floral tributes, including one in the shape of a teddy bear and one in the shape of an angel.

There were framed photos of the five, as well as a montage of family snaps.

A collection was also held with all money raised being donated to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

After the service, Ms Shiers' other brother, Michael Shiers, spoke briefly outside the church.

"I would just like to say thank to everybody for everything they have done for us," he said.

"They've helped us out so, so much. It's incredible how much it really has helped us.

"I would just like to say thank you to everybody for being here. And how much they've raised for us.

"It's a big loss for us and as you can see the whole community itself.

"And to see all these people here today trying their best to feel that little bit extra more comforting (sic) - thank you very much."

Melanie Smith, 42, was charged with a fifth murder on Tuesday, the day the family funeral was held.

She has been remanded in custody.

Mr Timbrell had been in a critical condition since the fire and died on 5 November at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester.

Ms Shiers died in the blaze along with her niece and nephew.

Her son Charlie died at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites