Family pay tribute to woman (84) who died in house fire

Firefighters were called to Pytchley Lodge Road in Kettering
Firefighters were called to Pytchley Lodge Road in Kettering
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A tribute has been paid by the family who meant “the world” to an 84-year-old woman who died tragically in a fire at Fleet Fen.

Vera Bunn was pronounced dead at the scene after the blaze broke out on the ground floor annex of a house in Weydyke Bank, between Fleet and Holbeach St Johns, at about 7.30pm on Thursday.

Three members of her family were taken to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Yesterday, the family said: “We would like to thank everyone who have offered their love and support during this difficult time.

“Vera was a much-loved member of the family and the community and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

“Her family was her world.”

There was no suggestion that the cause of the fire was suspicious following a joint investigation by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and Lincolnshire Police, but it is believed Mrs Bunn may have been sat too close to an electric fire.

Sean Taylor, group managager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “The investigation is now closed and the cause of the fire was a electric heater that was too close to fabric, possibly clothing or bedding.”

The annex was extensively damaged in the fire and there was smoke damage to other parts of the house.

Mr Taylor has made a plea to members of the public to complete a Home Safety Check at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr to help prevent fires in the home.

He said: “Please make sure you have a working smoke alarm inside your home as they do save lives and provide you with vital time to get to safety.”