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Fire Investigators recognised at Operation Heath Commendation Ceremony

16/05/2019 09:00

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.