North West Wales

Probe after Talybont caravan park fire kills two

The remains of the caravan on Saturday
Image caption The remains of the caravan on Saturday

An investigation is continuing into the cause of a caravan fire early on Saturday that killed two men and left a two-year-old girl with severe burns.

A man aged 58 and his son, 26, died in the blaze at Sunny Sands caravan park near Barmouth, in Talybont, Gwynedd.

It is believed the fire started accidentally in the awning of their touring caravan before engulfing it.

North Wales Police said the girl remains very poorly in hospital.

"The family do not want their identities revealed and have asked that their privacy is respected at this time," said a force spokesman.

"The circumstances of the fire do not appear to be suspicious."

The older man's 50-year-old wife and their granddaughter were rescued from the fire by fellow holidaymakers.

The injured pair were airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital. The girl was later transferred to Alder Hey Children's Hospital, in Liverpool.

Her grandmother sustained superficial burns to her forearm, police said.

The family, who were regular visitors to the park, are believed to be from Flint in north Wales.

A spokeswoman for North Wales Police and the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said of the blaze, which broke out at about 0145 BST: "At the moment it looks as though it was accidental."

Ian Williams, 31, from Wrexham, was on holiday at the park with his wife and two-year-old daughter.

He said he had spoken to the family on Friday night and watched as the 26-year-old man had taken to the stage to sing a Kings Of Leon song.

"They were in the club singing and dancing. All four of them were on the stage," said Mr Williams.

He added: "My wife woke me up at about 2.30am and we thought someone was fighting because of all the shouting. I looked out and you would not believe how fast it went up. It was scary to be honest."

The coastal caravan park has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 45 years.

Jeremy Mead, director of the site, said it was working with the police to establish the fire's cause.

He said: "We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family. It's upsetting for us because they were regular visitors to the park."

The site, set in the Snowdonia National Park, is popular with families and holidaymakers who are attracted by the area's miles of sandy beaches.

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