A MOTHER who lost her son and grandson in the Prestatyn fire which killed five members of the same family has vowed that their deaths will not be in vain.
On October 19 last year, Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, her four-year-old nephew Bailey and two-year-old niece Skye died in the blaze in Maes y Groes, Prestatyn.
Firefighters managed to rescue Ms Shiers’ 15-month-old son Charlie and his father, Liam Timbrell, 23, from their first-floor flat but they both later died in hospital.
Now Steph Watson, mother of Liam, and grandmother to Charlie, wants to see regulations changed so all buildings have windows which adults can escape from and said she wants small ‘top opening’ windows banned.
Steph, formerly of John Street in Rhyl, who now lives in Devon, said: “It has been a very difficult 12 months. They are all still in our thoughts everyday.
“There should be a window large enough for a adult to climb out of.
“I think this could prevent something like this happening in the future. I won’t let their deaths be in vain.”
Melanie Smith, 43, who lived below the flat, was found guilty of deliberately setting fire to a pushchair because she was angry that it had been left in a shared hallway.
She was jailed for at least 30 years at Mold Crown Court in May after a 15-day trial.
Jonty Lewis, mother of Bailey and Skye, along with their father Steve Allen recently announced they were expecting a baby.
A balloon release will be held at the Nova, Prestatyn at 10am on October 19 in memory of the victims.
Jonty said: “This is truly going to be a very hard weekend for us all.”
Cllr Anton Sampson, mayor of Prestatyn at the time, said: “It was a shocking and devastating event. It hit me as mayor of the town at the time.
“The whole town was affected by it. The way people rallied around was amazing.
“There is not a day that goes by that I’m not reminded of how dignified the families have been.”
A tribute concert will be held in Devon on Saturday with a performance by Liam’s brother’s band, Fit for Viewing.
Funds raised will go toward a circular bench to surround a memorial tree which has been planted in Rhyl’s Coronation Garden.