Business leader dies in chip shop burns tragedy
Tributes paid to ‘fantastic’ lady
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.
The Chipoteria Fish and Chip takeaway in Hermon.