IN A TRAGIC incident that has sent shockwaves through the Pembrokeshire community, a five-year-old girl, Alysia Salisbury, lost her life in a house fire that occurred on Saturday night (May 27).
The devastating incident took place in the quiet village of Pontyglasier, near Crymych.
According to the police, Alysia Salisbury tragically perished at the scene of the blaze, leaving her family and loved ones shattered.
She is described as “a beautiful daughter and sister” by her grieving family.
The fire ignited a massive emergency response, drawing the swift attention of the Dyfed-Powys Police and prompting an outpouring of support for the affected family. Specialist officers have been assigned to provide assistance to Alysia’s relatives during this incredibly difficult time.
Detective Chief Inspector Llyr Williams expressed the commitment of the police force to collaborate closely with the fire service in determining the cause of the fire. “Our thoughts are with the family and the local community at this tragic time,” he stated, highlighting the shared grief and solidarity within the community.
The family, coping with an unbearable loss, has humbly requested privacy as they navigate through this overwhelming ordeal.
Local councillors John Davies and Shon Rees have taken to social media, rallying the community to come together and extend their support to the devastated family.
They have appealed for donations of clothing, food, and other essential items, emphasising that the family has lost everything and is in dire need of assistance. In a joint statement, the councillors conveyed their heartfelt sympathies, emphasizing their unwavering solidarity with the grieving family.
The swift response to the distress call involved a coordinated effort by fire crews from Crymych, Cardigan, Newcastle Emlyn, Whitland, and Fishguard. Additionally, a specialist turntable ladder from Haverfordwest, a water bowser from Milford Haven, and the Urban Search and Rescue Team were mobilized to tackle fire.
The Welsh Ambulance Service promptly dispatched multiple vehicles to the scene following the call received shortly after 21:45. Their presence was a testament to the dedication and urgency demonstrated by the paramedics in providing medical assistance during the incident.
Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property in the Pontyglasier area, near Crymych, following reports of a house fire at shortly before 10pm on Saturday, 27 May.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, The Welsh Ambulance Service and the Welsh Air Ambulance attended also attended.
Despite the efforts of emergency services, four-year-old Alysia Salisbury died at the scene.
Alysia’s family, who have described her as “a beautiful daughter and sister”, are being supported by specialist officers.
DCI Llyr Williams said: “Our thoughts are with the family and the local community at this tragic time. HM Coroner has been informed and officers will now work with colleagues form the fire service to establish the cause of the fire.
“The family request privacy at this difficult time”
The operation saw fire crews from Crymych, Cardigan, Newcastle Emlyn, Whitland and Fishguard in attendance, with specialist kit a turntable ladder from Haverfordwest, a water bowser from Milford Haven and the Urban Search and Rescue Team in attendance.
A police drone was also used.