Three generations of same family die in Cwmbran house fire


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Three generations of the same family who all died in a suspected arson attack were named by police today.

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

Fire ripped through their home in Tillsland, Coed Eva, Cwmbran, south Wales, in the early hours of today.

Gwent Police have arrested a 27-year-old man from the Manchester area on suspicion of murder.

Police and firefighters were called to the address in Cwmbran at about 3.30am, a police spokesman said.

"Three people were confirmed deceased inside the address, two adults and one infant believed to be 46-year-old Kim Buckley, her daughter 17-year-old Kayleigh Buckley and her granddaughter six-month-old Kimberley Buckley although they have yet to be formally identified," he said.

"The family have asked to be left alone to grieve at this time."

Police and fire service forensic investigations of the scene of the tragedy have begun this morning.

House-to-house inquiries in the area and searches of the surrounding areas have also begun.

Chief Inspector Steve Corcoran, Local Policing Inspector, said: "This is a tragic incident that involved three generations of the same family and our condolences are with the family of the victims.

"We would ask, on their behalf, for them to be left alone to grieve at this time. Our family liaison officers are supporting them at this dreadful time.

"This has affected the wider community, they were well known within the community and their loss will be keenly felt and they will be missed. We are grateful for the co-operation of the community at this awful time.

"We are working with partners to ensure that all those affected will be given support.

"Our officers will remain at the scene for anyone who wants to speak to them, anyone who has any concerns or any information about this incident, specifically anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious leading up to the fire, people can also call us on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."