South East Wales

IPCC investigates police contact with Cwmbran fire family

The circumstances surrounding the deaths of three generations of the same family in a house fire is being investigated by the police watchdog.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will look at contact between the family and Gwent Police before Tuesday's fire in Cwmbran.

Kim Buckley, 46, daughter Kayleigh, 17, and six-month-old grand-daughter Kimberley all died.

Police are continuing to question a 27-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

IPCC Commissioner Tom Davies said: "This matter was referred to the IPCC on Thursday, 20 September, and given the severity of the incident we have determined an independent investigation should examine the circumstances surrounding Gwent Police's contact with this family.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to the surviving family and friends of those who have tragically died.

"Our inquiry, which is in the very early stages, will be a thorough investigation scrutinising police contact and actions prior to the events on Tuesday morning."

The IPCC said it hoped to release further detail about the investigation in due course.

Image caption Neighbours risked their lives trying to save the family from the burning house but were beaten back by flames

Neighbours risked their lives trying to save the family from the burning house but were beaten back by flames.

Up to 30 firefighters fought the blaze before it was brought under control and put out.

The upper floor of the two-storey building was burnt out, with windows and parts of the roof missing.

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

A candlelight vigil to remember the family took place at the Parish Church of St Gabriel's in Old Cwmbran on Friday.

A book of condolence was also opened at the church.

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