A woman is in a critical condition and three children have been injured in a devastating house fire.
The blaze at the terraced house in Tyntyla Road, Tonypandy, South Wales, broke out on Tuesday afternoon and left a number of people, including three children, requiring treatment for smoke inhalation.
A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with the offence in the early hours of Wednesday morning and remains in police custody, report Wales Online.
Police and emergency services were called to the address at approximately 4.45pm following several 999 calls.
A 28-year-old woman trapped inside had to be extracted from the premises by fire and rescue officers and was taken to Morriston Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.
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Neighbour Elwydd Jeffrey said: “I have never seen such black smoke. It was so thick and dense you could hardly see through the window.
“I thought there would be no house left, that’s how bad it was.”
A police investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.
Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Lewis said: “We are keeping an open mind as to what caused the fire and at this stage we cannot rule anything out.
“We have a team of officers who are working hard to establish what happened.”
If anybody does have information they should contact South Wales Police, giving occurrence number *333467.
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