South East Wales

Cwmbran fire victims: Hundreds attend funeral

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of three generations of a family who died in a house fire.

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

A service was held at St Gabriel's Church in Old Cwmbran.

On behalf of the family, Father Michael Phillips thanked neighbours who risked their lives trying to save them.

Image caption Three generations of the family died in the fire in the early hours of 18 September

He also paid tribute to the emergency services and staff at the special care baby unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport for their "devotion" in caring for Kimberley.

Leading the service, he said: "We simply cannot believe what has happened. It was all so sudden and yet we know it is true."

The hymns were chosen by the family and included Abide With Me and Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer.

Two coffins were carried into the church - one for Kim Buckley and one for Kayleigh with Kimberley - to a Westlife song.

The Bishop of Monmouth, the Right Reverend Dominic Walker, told the family their loss was shared by the community around them "brought together by care, love and support".

Carl Mills, 28, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of Ms Buckley, Kayleigh and Kimberley.

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