Funeral date for Cwmbran fire family set

THE funeral of three generations of the same family killed in a Cwmbran fire will be held at the end of this month.

Kim Buckley, 46, her daughter Kayleigh, 17, and her granddaughter Kimberley, six months, all died in a blaze at their home at Tillsland, Coed Eva, during the early hours of September 18.

The funeral for all three victims will be held on October 25 at 10.15am at St Gabriel’s Church, Old Cwmbran, and then afterwards at Gwent Crematorium.

Donations for the special care baby unit at Newport’s Royal Gwent hospital can be given in lieu of flowers at the crematorium.

Mourning clothes are optional but the family has asked people to wear an item of red.

Carl Anthony Mills, 28, of no fixed abode, is charged with three counts of murder following the blaze.

He is currently in custody and is due to appear at Cardiff Crown Court on December 17 for a plea and case management hearing.

An inquest into the deaths of the three victims was opened earlier this month but adjourned for at least six months to allow criminal proceedings to take place.

A post mortem examination found that the cause of death was exposure to fire and "fire effluents".

In a family tribute made shortly after their deaths, Mrs Buckley was described as "a vibrant, proud mother and proud nanny" while Kayleigh was described as a "lovely girl".

Speaking about Kayleigh, the tribute read: "She was so happy when her baby came home so she could become a proper mum to Kimberley.

"Kimberley was a beautiful baby and when she smiled it was the best thing in the world."

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