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Boy, 3, dies in caravan fire near Tregaron leaving sibling and dad in hospital

Credit: Family photo

A three-year-old boy has died in a caravan fire leaving his older sibling and father in hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police were called to a fire in Ffair Rhos village in Ceredigion at 5.35am on Sunday.

The boys have been named as Zac, three, and Harley, aged four. They are believed to have been inside the caravan with their father when the fire broke out.

The three-year-old is thought to have been having a sleepover with his dad and older sibling when the blaze tore through the vehicle.

Police said while the man and four-year-old were able to escape the caravan, the younger child was found dead inside.

Both survivors suffered burns but the father is believed to be in a stable condition while the older sibling is said to be critical but stable.

Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the fire but say that it is not being treated as suspicious. Specialist officers are also supporting the family.

Our thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult and traumatic time, and specialist officers have been put in place to support them.

The Criminal Investigation Department is investigating the cause of the fire, and a major incident room has been set up at Aberystwyth police station.

We are also working closely with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, who were in attendance when our officers arrived.

We would like to thank our colleagues at the fire service for their professionalism in dealing with what turned out to be a highly traumatic incident.

We would like to speak to anyone who was in the Ffair Rhos area around the time of the fire, who might have information that could help our investigation.

This was a tragic incident, and we will be doing all we can to find answers for the family, whose world will have been torn apart by this morning’s events.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Cockwell, Dyfed-Powys Police

Dyfed-Powys Police is urging anyone with information come forward.

The family of the two boys issued a statement thanking everyone for their kind words and support.

We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support.

We thank you for respecting our future privacy as we mourn the loss of Zac and focus on our son Harley who is still critical

– Family statement

Neighbours helped the family after hearing someone knocking on their door and said that they had "never seen anything like it" before.

We heard crashing on the windows here and then I opened the door...and the place was chaos in here, the place was absolute chaos.

I've never seen anything like it in my life. The car, the caravan has been burnt to the ground, the car next to it has been totally destroyed...and then through the day we had people coming in and everybody was in dismay with obviously what's gone on.

– Shaun Connolly, neighbour