Fire Investigators from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue
Service (MAWWFRS) have been recognised for their role within the investigation
into the tragic fatal fire at Llangammarch Wells, Powys, on the 30th
October 2017. The fire claimed the lives of five children and their father.
Group Manager David Hancock and Station Manager Andrew
Richards, MAWWFRS, along with Mr Paul Ryder of Cellmark Forensics, were awarded
Certificates of Commendation at a Commendation Ceremony at Dyfed-Powys Police
Headquarters on Thursday, 11th April 2019.
Following the tragic incident, the Fire Investigation
experts worked diligently with Crime Scene Investigators to establish the cause
of the fire. The scene was unprecedented in its complexity due to the collapsed
structure, confined conditions and presence of the victims remains. By
utilising their expertise and working hand in hand with the Disaster Victim
Identification teams, Anthropologists and Crime Scene Investigators, together
they developed a unique strategy to meet the joint aims of victim recovery and
fire investigation. Their detailed reports were critical in assisting the
Coroner’s inquest process and their advice and support to the Senior
Investigating Officer was crucial in directing the investigation. Throughout
this lengthy investigation they were credit to Cellmark Forensic Services and
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.