Girl, five, killed in house blaze was last seen in sister's bedroom

Girl, five, who died in fire which ravaged family home was last seen in her elder sister’s first floor bedroom, inquest hears

  • Alysia Salisbury died in the blaze at her home in Pontyglasier, Pembrokeshire 
  • An inquest heard while her two sisters and parents escaped she wasn’t able to  

A five-year-old girl killed in a horrifying house fire was last seen in her sister’s first floor bedroom before the inferno ripped through her home, an inquest heard.  

Little Alysia Salisbury could not be found when the blaze broke out at her home in the small village of Pontyglasier, near Crymych, Pembrokeshire on May 27.

While her two elder sisters and parents escaped the fire, Alysia was ‘nowhere to be seen’ when emergency services were called, an inquest at Llanelli Town Hall was told.

Her body was later discovered in her elder sister’s bedroom and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speaking at the opening of the inquest into the youngster’s death, the acting coroner for Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, Paul Bennett, extended his ‘sincerest condolences’ to Alysia’s family. 

Little Alysia Salisbury could not be found when a blaze broke out at her home in the small village of Pontyglasier, near Crymych, Pembrokeshire on May 27

An inquest into the youngster’s death revealed the five-year-old had last been seen in her elder sister’s first floor bedroom before the blaze. Pictured is the aftermath of the fire  

The fire completely gutted the family of five’s country home. Speaking after the tragedy, Alysia’s heartbroken mother Tara paid tribute to her daughter, and said: ‘This weekend I lost the light in my life in the most horrific way possible.

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‘Everything she met was lit up by her beautiful smile. In one night, everything was cruelly taken from us. Life is not fair.

‘The fire has taken literally everything – our house, our possessions, the car and my beautiful little girl Lysi. It’s incredible how you can lose everything in a split second.’

Since the tragedy, locals have rallied to support Alysia’s grieving loved ones, collecting clothes and supplies for her parents Tara and Josh and two sisters aged 10 and 12.

More than £19,000 has been raised for the family. Fundraising organiser Shon Rees said: ‘It is awful beyond words. Not only have they lost a lovely little girl but everything they owned has gone up in flames.

‘Every stitch of clothing – they even had a borrow a phone charger to contact family.

‘But people are being very generous. Everyone feels for them and are giving everything they can.’

Fundraiser Beccy Eynon said donations will go towards helping Alysia’s mum Tara pay for her daughter’s funeral as well as going towards helping the family find a new home to live in after they lost everything in the fire. 

Alysia Salisbury, five, was killed when a blaze broke out in Pembrokeshire over the May bank holiday. Alysia, (pictured) hailed by her loved ones as a ‘beautiful daughter and sister’, died at the scene despite efforts by emergency services

Drone images show the damage of the fire, which tore through the roof of the property

Police are still investigating the cause of the fire. Pictured are emergency services teams at the scene of the tragedy 

Beccy said: ‘Alysia was a sweet, happy little girl who loved animals and the great outdoors.

‘She was happiest out in the rain wearing nothing but a T-shirt and shorts. She adored her two older sisters, Abigail and Jessica, and they took such good care of her.’

Neighbour and Pembrokshire councillor John Davies described how he tried to console the family  following the fatal fire.

‘As a community, our hearts go out this local family,’ the Sun reported.

‘I have spoken to the parents and they are going through unimaginable pain right now and they will be for a long time to come.

‘The family moved here around four years ago and although they are very private people, they have become part of our community.

‘They had all been inside the house when the fire started. It is an unbelievable tragedy.’

Police said despite the efforts of emergency services Alysia died at the scene on the edge of the 300-strong population village.

The respected local family ‘lost everything’ in the blaze which claimed the life of Alysia. Villagers were rallying around to collect clothes and bedding for the heartbroken family.

The inquest into the five-year-old’s death was adjourned pending further reports from the police who are continuing their investigation into the fire. 

A post-mortem examination has been carried out and a pathologist’s report is expected at a later hearing due in October. 

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