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Prestatyn arsonist gets 30 years

Melanie Smith has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for murdering five members of a family in a flat fire in Prestatyn.

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Prestatyn fire that killed five 'started intentionally'

The trial has been hearing from fire experts

The trial into the deaths of five members of the same family in a fire has heard that no one would have been able to escape through the windows without breaking them.

Mr Stephen Andrews, a forensic fire investigation consultant, told the court that following extensive examination, he believed that the fire was started by a naked flame being held against a baby pushchair which was in the small communal hall on the ground floor.

Following extensive tests and the use of a specially trained dog used to detect flammable liquids he ruled out the possibility that the fire could have started by flammable material being poured through the letter box or by a carelessly discarded smouldering cigarette.

He said that in his opinion the "fire was started intentionally.”

Melanie Smith denies five charges or murder following the fatal fire at Maes y Groes in Prestatyn on October 19 of last year.

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