South West Wales

Kelsey Davies, 6, praised for Alltwen house fire rescue

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A six-year-old girl has been praised for saving the life of her mother and two brothers in a house fire in Neath Port Talbot on Wednesday.

Kelsey Davies was the first to be alerted to the fire which broke out at the family home in Alltwen, near Pontardawe, at 01:40 BST.

She carried 11-month-old Andrew outside before returning to help mother Jennifer and three-year-old Riley.

But four-year-old brother Jac died at the scene.

Ms Davies was asleep downstairs and the children were in their bedrooms upstairs when the fire started.

She said she was "very proud of her daughter" but will "never get over losing her little Jac."

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Close family friend Kim Counsell said Kelsey is the oldest of the children and loves to mother her three little brothers.

"Her first reaction would have been to get them out of the house," she said.

"She went to the window and was shouting 'help, help, someone please can you help', then she picked Andrew up and carried him out of the house.

"It is an amazing thing for a six-year-old girl to do," she added.

Police and fire investigators have been sifting through the debris and the cause of the fire is not yet known.

South Wales fire chief Chris Margetts said: "The blaze was very severe."

"The tragedy happened in a very close community - specialist teams from the fire and rescue service will be working with the community in the coming days."

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