North West Wales

Police name Talybont caravan fire victims

Andrew and Robert Taylor
Image caption Andrew Taylor died in the caravan fire with his father Robert

North Wales Police have named a father and son killed in a caravan fire, as a two-year-old girl continues to be treated for burns.

Robert Taylor, 58, and his son Andrew, 26, from Flint, Flintshire, died in the fire at the Sunny Sands caravan park, near Barmouth, Gwynedd.

Robert Taylor's wife Denise, 50, suffered "superficial burns" while helping to rescue their granddaughter.

Named locally as Emmy Taylor, she is in Liverpool Alder Hey Children's Hospital

The fire started in the caravan's awning at 0145 BST on Saturday and is not being treated as suspicious.

Emmy, who is Andrew Taylor's niece, was initially airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor with her grandmother.

Mrs Taylor was helped by two men who were staying in a nearby caravan.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent three appliances to the scene in Talybont, but the caravan was well alight by the time they arrived.

Jeremy Mead, director of the holiday park, said it was first thought a firework had gone off before people realised there had been an "explosion" in the awning of the touring caravan.

'Deeply shocked'

The owners of the caravan park have expressed their sympathy to the family, who are well known to them.

Relatives have told North Wales Police they do not wish to make an official statement at this time.

But Andrew's brother Lee, 31, told the Daily Post how his mother managed to rescue the child by opening one of the windows from the outside and reaching in to grab her.

"When she opened the window it was just smoke. She had to feel around for her," he told the newspaper.

The remains of the caravan and its awning - where it is believed the fire began by accident - were screened off as the investigations continued.

Bill Moss, a community councillor for Dyffryn Ardudwy and Talybont, said local people had been "deeply shocked" by the fire.

"In the 45 years I have lived here I cannot recollect an incident of this magnitude," Mr Moss told BBC Radio Wales.

Mr Moss said camping and caravanning was very important to the economy of the area and it was a well-managed park.

Gareth Griffiths, senior fire safety manager with North Wales Fire and Rescue, said: "The devastating caravan fire which claimed two lives at the weekend is a reminder of just how destructive fire can be.

"My deepest condolences go out to the family and my thoughts are with the little girl who is currently receiving treatment."

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