Following the investigative work as a result of the fire at Tŷ Belgrave in Aberystwyth, Marine Terrace has now partially reopened with traffic management arrangements in place, but Terrace Road will remain closed for the medium term.
Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have completed their tasks and have vacated the site. Fencing has been erected around the building to prevent unauthorised access and to preserve the scene for future proceedings.
Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Protection Services which includes major incidents said, “There has been considerable partnership working between Dyfed-Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Ceredigion County Council, as well as other partner agencies whilst dealing with this very difficult situation. I would wish to thank the public for their patience in the previous two months and in advance as matters continue to the conclusion of these tragic circumstances.”
Senior Investigating Officer, Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jenkins, said, “Dyfed-Powys Police’s investigation in to the cause of the fire is ongoing but I am satisfied with the progress so far. Officers continue working hard behind the scenes to examine evidence and updates will be given when more information is available. I would like to thank the community for their support and understanding while this vital work has been carried out.”
Group Manager David Hancock, Lead Fire Investigator for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service at this incident said, “The circumstances surrounding this fire has naturally required both a thorough investigation at the scene and concurrent detailed background enquiries to be conducted.
The instability of the remaining structure presented considerable challenges to the investigation team, with a full multi-agency approach taken to ensure all available evidence could be gathered in a safe working environment. The efforts of Ceredigion County Council, their appointed contractors and the Wales Fire and Rescue Services Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team are recognised as being integral to this. In association with Dyfed-Powys Police, our investigative activities to pull together all available evidence continue with a view to bringing this incident to a conclusion.”