Father and many children killed in a farm fire in Wales

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Emergency services were called to to a farm in Llangammarch Wells, Powys, shortly after midnight on Monday when a neighbor alerted the fire service. A single father, David Cuthbertson, 68, is believed to have lived in the property with his seven children. Three children, aged 13, 12, and 10, were able to flee and were taken to hospital for treatment. They did not have life threatening injuries. “Due to the severity of damage at the scene we are unable at this stage to identify any of the deceased or to confirm the number of deceased,” police said.

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The destroyed farm

The Welsh ambulance service said members of its hazardous area response team and four emergency ambulance crews attended, while 20 members of Brecon mountain rescue team helped search the surrounding area for casualties. Aerial images show the tragic remains of the home, which has been left an empty shell after its roof was completely destroyed in the fire. “Our hearts go out to the members of the family who must be feeling in the depths of despair. It is truly an appalling tragedy,” community councilor Tim Van-Rees said. Specialist officers and fire investigators were assessing the scene and were treating the cause of the blaze as unexplained.

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