Three-year-old boy dies in caravan fire which left his father and older sibling in hospital

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A three-year-old boy has been killed in a fire, leaving his father and four year old sibling in hospital with burns.

The fire broke out in the caravan at 5.35am on January 19, and the police say the child’s father managed to escape the flames with his other child, before being rushed to hospital. However the youngest child was tragically found dead inside the caravan, which is located in a small village site in Ffair Rhos, Ceredigion, Wales.

Police have launched an investigation into how the fire broke out, and a major incident room has been set up 15 miles away in Aberystwyth Police Station. Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Rockwell said: ‘We received a call at 5.35am today, reporting a fire at a caravan at Ffair Rhos. Enquires so far lead us to believe that three people were inside that caravan at the time the fire broke out.

‘These were a father and two children- a four year old, and a little boy who we believe to have been aged three. While the father and eldest child were able to get out of the caravan, the younger of the siblings was tragically found deceased inside.

‘Our thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult and traumatic time, and specialist officers have been put in place to support them. The father is currently in a stable condition in hospital, while the four-year-old is critical but stable. Both suffered burns.

‘We are also working closely with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, who were in attendance when our officers arrived. We would like to thank our colleagues at the fire service for their professionalism in dealing with what turned out to be a highly traumatic incident. We would like to speak to anyone who was in Ffair Rhos area around the time of the fire, who might have information that could help our investigation. 

‘This was a tragic incident, and we will be doing all we can to find answers for the family, whose world will have been torn apart by this mornings events.’ 

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Lizzie Day