Prestatyn fire - fifth death

42-year-old Melanie Jane Smith is charged with four counts of murder, one count of arson with intent to endanger life and threats to commit criminal damage, following a fire in Prestatyn on Friday 19th October. She denies the charges.

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Fifth person dies following Prestatyn fire

North Wales Police have confirmed that Liam Leonard Timbrell has passed away this morning at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

The 23-year-old had been in a critical condition since the fire swept through his home in Maes y Groes, Prestatyn, on Friday 19th October.

Liam was the partner of Lee-Anna Shiers, and the father of 15-month-old Charlie, who both died as a result of the fire. Lee-Anna’s niece and nephew, Skye and Bailey Allen, also lost their lives in the incident.

This is the fifth death as a result of the fire in Prestatyn. My sincere condolences go out to the families at this tragic time.

– John Chapman, Detective Superintendent, North Wales Police

Woman charged over Prestatyn house fire due in court

Melanie Smith denies starting the fire and causing the deaths of four people Credit: Jeff Pitt

42-year-old Melanie Jane Smith, accused of causing the deaths of four people in a house fire in Prestatyn, is due to appear in court today.

Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, her 15-month-old son Charlie, and her four-year old nephew Bailey and two-year-old niece Skye died in the blaze on Friday October 19.

Ms Smith is charged with four counts of murder, one count of arson with intent to endanger life and one count of threats to cause criminal damage. She denies all charges.

She is due to appear at Mold Crown Court later today.

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Prestatyn house fire: Woman denies charges

A woman accused of starting a fire which killed a woman and three children has appeared in court at Prestatyn. Melanie Smith faces four charges of murder, a charge of arson and threatening to commit arson. She denies all charges.

In a brief hearing she spoke only confirm her name and address and that she understood the proceedings. She will appear before Mold Crown Court on Wednesday morning.

Woman to appear in court over Prestatyn house fire

Members of the public gather outside Prestatyn Magistrates' Court on Tuesday Credit: Ian Lang/ITV News Wales

Melanie Jane Smith is due to appear before magistrates in Prestatyn on Tuesday morning in connection with a house fire in Prestatyn.

The 42-year-old was charged with four counts of murder, one count of arson with intent to endanger life and threats to commit criminal damage yesterday.

Lee-Anna Shiers died in the fire along with her niece and nephew Bailey and Skye Allen. 15-month-old Charlie Timbrell died from burns suffered in the fire at Liverpool's Alder Hay Hospital.

Woman charged over Prestatyn fire

Police say a 42 year old woman has been charged with four counts of murder, one count of arson with intent to endanger life and threats to commit criminal damage, following a fire in Prestatyn on Friday 19th October.

Lee-Anna Shiers died in the fire along with her niece and nephew Bailey and Skye Allen. Fifteen month old Charlie Timbrell died from burns suffered in the fire at Liverpool's Alder Hay Hospital.

Melanie Jane Smith will be appearing before Prestatyn Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

I can confirm that, having carried out a detailed evidential review, our conclusion is that there is sufficient evidence to charge Melanie Jane Smith with four counts of murder, one count of arson with intent to endanger life and one count of threats to cause criminal damage. We have also concluded that it is in the public interest to charge the defendant with these offences.

– Karen Dixon, Crown Prosecution Service in Wales

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