Tragedy for family of girl whose siblings escaped fire that killed her

Bank holiday inferno: The house in Welsh village where little girl, 5, died in Saturday night blaze that her two older siblings escaped

  • Alysia Salisbury, a ‘beautiful daughter and sister,’ was killed in the blaze

Drone photos show the house where a little girl tragically died after a fire broke out over the Bank Holiday weekend. 

Alysia Salisbury was killed when a fire broke out at her home in the small and quiet village of Pontyglasier, near Crymych, Pembrokeshire shortly before 10pm on Saturday night.

Her two older sisters escaped but Alysia died at the scene, despite the efforts of emergency services. 

Councillor John Davies said the parents were ‘in trauma and devastated,’ adding: ‘They have lost everything but most importantly a dearly-loved member of the family. They had three children before the fire, now they are left with this.’

A local said: ‘It is terrible tragedy. They are a very nice family who moved to the village a few years ago – we would often see her out on her bike.’ Villagers are rallying to collect clothes and bedding for the heartbroken family after their worldly possessions went up in smoke.

Alysia Salisbury, five, was killed when a blaze broke out in Pembrokeshire. Alysia, (pictured) hailed by her loved ones as a ‘beautiful daughter and sister’, died at the scene despite efforts by emergency services

Images show the damage of the fire, which tore through the roof of the property

‘As a community, our hearts go out this local family,’ neighbour John Davies said after the blaze destroyed the top of the house

Officers are investigating (pictured) the cause of the fire and the coroner has been alerted

Locals have told how the family-of-five were inside the house when the ‘unimaginable tragedy’ happened during the bank holiday weekend. 

Dyfed Powys police confirmed that Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the Welsh Ambulance Service, and the Welsh Air Ambulance were also called to the scene.

The police force confirmed that the family are currently being supported by specialist officers.

Alysia was described as a ‘beautiful daughter and sister’ in a tribute released by her heartbroken parents. 

Detective Chief Insp Llyr Williams said: ‘Our thoughts are with the family and the local community at this tragic time. HM Coroner has been informed and officers will now work with colleagues form the fire service to establish the cause of the fire. The family request privacy at this difficult time.’

Local county councillor Shon Rees went to the scene described as ‘devastation’ at the end of a quiet country lane.

He said: ‘Our thoughts at present are with the family during this awful and tragic time.

‘This family has lost absolute everything, including a young child, and we as a community are doing everything we possibly can to support them.

‘People are already rallying round with clothing and food and I know that this is going to continue in the days, weeks and months that lie ahead.’

The road was closed to traffic as fire officers investigated the cause of the blaze for the coroner.

Emergency services at the scene working to find the cause of the fire

Fellow councillor Mr Davies said: ‘This is a tragedy of the very highest order and our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by this event.

‘We’re now organising a collection of clothes and food to help support the family in the days that lie ahead.

‘People are already very generously offering clothing and linen along with money.

‘The family moved here about four years ago and I believe they are going to stay with relatives out of the area. It is devastating.’

Neighbour and Pembrokshire councillor John Davies described how he tried to console the family in the early hours of the morning.

‘As a community, our hearts go out this local family,’ the Sun reported.

‘I have spoken to the parents and they are going through unimaginable pain right now and they will be for a long time to come.

‘The family moved here around four years ago and although they are very private people, they have become part of our community.

‘They had all been inside the house when the fire started. It is an unbelievable tragedy.’

Police were called to a residence in Dolgoed, Crymych shortly before 10pm on Saturday after reports of a house fire

Police officers are currently investigating the cause of the incident.

A representative from the Welsh Ambulance Service told MailOnline that it sent a rapid response vehicle and an emergency ambulance to the scene. 

Crews were supported by the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service. 

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the Welsh Air Ambulance and the Urban Search and Rescue Team were among those who attended the scene. 

The operation also saw fire crews from Crymych, Cardigan, Newcastle Emlyn, Whitland and Fishguard in attendance, with specialist kit including a turntable ladder from Haverfordwest and a water bowser from Milford Haven.

The family are being supported by their tight-knit community, who have put together a collection for donations to help the family who have ‘lost everything’. 

MailOnline has contacted Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Dyfed Powys police for an update on the investigation. 

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