Busi­ness leader dies in chip shop burns tragedy

Trib­utes paid to ‘fan­tas­tic’ lady

Carmarthen Journal - - Front Page - PAUL TURNER

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a pop­u­lar busi­ness­woman who died af­ter suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous burns at an in­ci­dent in a West Wales chip shop.

A 70-year-old man has been ar­rested and re­leased on bail.

THE woman who died af­ter suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous burns at an in­ci­dent in a West Wales chip shop has been named lo­cally as Mavis Bran.

Mrs Bran, aged 69, died in Mor­ris­ton Hos­pi­tal on Mon­day fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, un­der­stood to have taken place at the Chipo­te­ria in Her­mon, Car­marthen­shire, at 1.30pm on Oc­to­ber 23.

Dyfed-Powys Po­lice have ar­rested a 70-yearold man in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent. He has been re­leased on bail while of­fi­cers con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Mrs Bran’s death.

Peo­ple in Car­marthen­shire paid trib­ute to Mrs Bran. It is un­der­stood she was in­volved with the Post Of­fice in Cyn­wyl Elfed and the Blue Bell pub in the same area.

She came out of re­tir­ment in Jan­uary af­ter get­ting “bored” and opened the pop­u­lar Chipo­te­ria take­away in Her­mon.

Coun­cil­lor for the Cyn­wyl Elfed ward Ir­fon Jones said: “I’ve known Mavis for years and she was a fan­tas­tic woman. She would help any­body.

“I have re­spected her for years and she was a very hard-work­ing woman.

“She didn’t de­serve any­thing like this.”

And Fu­run Zhou, who runs The Blue Bell Inn Chi­nese res­tau­rant in Cyn­wyl Elfed, said: “We are feel­ing very sad as she was a lovely lady.

“It is very sad news.” An­other woman who did not want to be named added: “She was such a warm-hearted lady who would do any­thing for any­one. We are all go­ing to miss her dearly.

“My thoughts go out to all the fam­ily.”

Daniel Stur­rock, who runs Premier Stores in Cyn­wyl Elfed, which was owned by Mrs Bran, said: “Mavis was known by ev­ery­one. We didn’t see that much of her, but she was only a phone call away, and she would call some­times to see how we were get­ting on.

“All I heard is that she suf­fered a hor­ren­dous ac­ci­dent. You never ex­pect such a tragedy like this to hap­pen.” An in­quest into Mrs Bran’s death has been ad­journed for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mavis Bran.

Pic­ture: Robert Me­len

The Chipo­te­ria Fish and Chip take­away in Her­mon.

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