South West Wales

Woman, 38, dies after house fire in Llanelli

Scene of the fire at Gelli Road, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
Image caption Police cordoned off the scene at Gelli Road, Llanelli

A woman has died after a house fire in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, in the early hours of Friday.

The 38-year-old was rescued by fire crews from the blaze in Gelli Road at 0154 GMT but died later in the town's Prince Philip Hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police said a subsequent forensic examination of the scene showed the fire was caused accidentally.

The coroner and the woman's next of kin have been informed, said police.

Detective Inspector Steve Cockwell confirmed: "It has been established that the cause of the fire was accidental.

"A post mortem examination will be conducted on Monday 10 January 2011.

"The body has yet to be formally identified and police are supporting the family during this difficult time."

Fire investigators earlier said they feared the house did not have working smoke alarms.

Chris Margetts, group manager at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Unfortunately we've found no evidence that any smoke detectors activated at the property.

"It's only these tragic incidents that raises awareness about the need for smoke detectors."

The number to contact for a free home safety check is 0800 1691234.