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Linda Merron: 'Electrical fault' caused fatal Swansea fire

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Image caption Linda Merron was named locally as the woman who died in the Swansea house fire

The Swansea fire which left Linda Merron dead was caused by an electrical fault, the fire service has said.

The blaze broke out at a home on Llangwm estate, near Penplas, in Penlan, just after midnight on Monday.

Mrs Merron was later named locally as the woman who died in the fire.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service said an investigation now showed the cause of the blaze was "attributed to a faulty electrical item in the property".

The service said in a statement on Wednesday that a joint inquiry with South Wales Police, a forensic scientist and fire and rescue service investigators, concluded the blaze was accidental.

"The presence of working smoke alarms in the property had alerted other members of the family enabling them to escape the property, and undoubtedly prevented further fatalities in view of how quickly the fire developed and spread," the statement added.

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