A 28-year old man has appeared at Caerphilly Magistrates Court charged with three counts of murder following a fire which killed 3 generations of the same family in Cwmbran on Tuesday.

Kim Buckley, 46, daughter Kayleigh, 17, and six-month-old granddaughter Kimberley died in the house fire on the Coed Eva estate.

Two local men, from the close knit community, had tried to rescue the three trapped inside the property but were driven back by flames.

Following today's hearing Mills will appear at Newport Crown Court on Monday.

We can now confirm that, having carefully examined a file of the evidence gathered so far by Gwent Police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Carl Anthony Mills with three counts of murder. Our thoughts remain with the family of Kim, Kayleigh and Kimberley at this difficult time. I would like to thank the family and the wider community of Coed Eva for their patience and support throughout our investigation so far.”

Last night a candlelit vigil was held in memory of the two women and Kayleigh's six month old daughter Kimberly at the local Parish Church of St Gabriel's.

A book of condolence has now been opened.