South East Wales

Woman's murder arrest over flat fire in Ynysybwl

Scene of fire at Ynysybwl
Image caption Emergency services were called to the flat on Friday evening

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 46-year-old man died following a flat fire.

The man died in hospital after the fire in Ynysybwl, Rhondda Cynon Taf, at about 20:25 BST on Friday.

A 28-year-old woman was also taken to hospital, but was later arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, and murder.

She is being held at Cardiff Bay Police Station. A post mortem examination on the man is due to take place.

He died at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant, South Wales Police said on Sunday, and he has not been formally identified.

The fire occurred in a block of flats and the scene remains cordoned off for forensic examination.


An elderly lady who lives opposite the flats, called Yr Aelwyd, said she opened her front door and saw billowing smoke.

A man in a nearby house said: "There is often problems with noise and people shouting from those flats.

"So when I first heard the sirens I didn't think anything of it.

"When I saw the fire though I realised it was pretty bad. Then this morning I turned on the telly and heard a guy had died."

Police officers continued to guard the scene on Sunday afternoon and house-to-house inquiries were still being undertaken.

Det Ins Mark Lewis of South Wales Police's Specialist Crime Investigations Team, said: "This is clearly a shocking incident but I would reassure the community of Ynysybwl that a thorough investigation is continuing and an increased police presence will remain in the area over the coming days.

"I would appeal to anyone with information to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

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