South East Wales

Cwmbran fire: Candle vigil to be held for Buckley family

A candlelit vigil to remember three generations of a family who died in a house fire in Cwmbran, Torfaen is to be held.

Kim Buckley, 46, daughter Kayleigh, 17, and six-month-old grand-daughter Kimberley died on the Coed Eva estate.

On Thursday, Gwent Police were given more time to question a man, 27, from Manchester on suspicion of murder.

The vigil will be held at the Parish Church of St Gabriel's in Old Cwmbran on Friday at 18:00 BST.

A book of condolence will also be opened and will be available during the vigil, which is due to last for an hour.

Father Michael Phillips, rector of Cwmbran and area dean of Pontypool deanery, said there was a "profound sense of shock, loss and sadness" in Cwmbran following the deaths.

"Our thoughts, hearts and minds go out to those who died, and to family relatives and neighbours," he said.

"Also, our thanksgiving goes to those who bravely made a rescue attempt as well as to the police, fire, and ambulance services."

He said prayers would be offered in churches of all denominations across Cwmbran on Sunday but the vigil would give people a chance to quietly remember the family.

The Bishop of Monmouth, the Right Reverend Dominic Walker, said he hoped it would be a "practical support for them in their grieving".

In a statement released through the police on Thursday, the family said they were "devastated" by their loss.

Six-month-old Kimberly had only been brought home from hospital the day before the fire after her mother had given birth prematurely at 24 weeks to twin girls, one of which, Angel, was stillborn.

The family statement said: "She [Kim] was the happiest grandmother in the world on Monday when baby Kimberley eventually came home from hospital after bravely fighting many battles for six months."

Image caption The scene of the fire on Tuesday

"Kayleigh was a lovely girl and although she found it difficult becoming a mum at first, when she eventually held Kimberley her eyes lit up like a lamp. She was so happy when her baby came home so she could become a proper mum to Kimberley.

"Kimberley was a beautiful baby and when she smiled it was the best thing in the world. We are so proud of Kimberley fighting for her life and we are devastated that it was taken from her so cruelly."

Gwent Police said officers are continuing to investigate the cause and the circumstances surrounding the fire.

Caerphilly Magistrates Court granted the force extra time on Thursday to question the suspect.

Police have said neighbours tried to save the family in the early hours of Tuesday but were beaten back by flames.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 03:30 BST.

Police have referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as officers had been called to the address on other occasions.

Any witnesses should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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