Llangammarch Wells: Fifth victim identified as boy, six

David Cuthbertson

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David Cuthbertson lived at the house with his children

The body of a six-year-old boy has been identified after a house fire that killed six members of the same family in Powys.

David Cuthbertson and five children died at their farmhouse in Llangammarch Wells on 30 October.

On Thursday, Patch Raine became the latest person to be formally identified following the blaze.

A sixth body has been recovered but scientific examinations are ongoing to confirm their identity.

Mr Cuthbertson, a 68-year-old retired builder, lived in the rented farmhouse with his children.

Just Raine, 11, his brother Reef Raine, 10, and their sister Misty Raine, nine, along with Mr Cuthbertson, had previously been identified.

Det Ch Insp Martin Slevin of Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Our hearts go out to the family and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Three children aged 10, 12 and 13 escaped the fire and are being cared for by other family members.

Police said it could take weeks to establish the cause of the fire and formally identify all the bodies.

An operation to dismantle an estimated 260 tonnes of bricks and mortar is being conducted “brick by brick in order to preserve the evidence,” said police.

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The fire gutted the entire building

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