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Chip shop burns death: Tributes paid to Mavis Bran

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Image caption Mavis Bran died at Morriston Hospital six days after being injured

A woman who died after suffering severe burns at a chip shop has been described as a "wonderful, lovely lady".

Mavis Bran, 69, who ran the takeaway on land near her house in Hermon, about seven miles north of Carmarthen, died on Monday six days after being injured.

Residents of the village said she had dreamed of running a fish and chip shop, adding she was "very kind" and her death was "great loss" to the area.

A 70-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed.

Ms Bran suffered the injuries at about 13:30 BST on 23 October, and was transferred to Morriston Hospital in Swansea, where she died.

Neighbours Veronica and Bill Gower, who lived next door to Ms Bran for 12 years, said she was a "very kind" who had always dreamed of running her own chip shop.

"She was a brilliant neighbour to us. Anything you wanted she'd come and do or help," Ms Gower said.

Another neighbour, Bronwen Evans, said Ms Bran has been helping her to recover at home from an operation, by bringing her fish and chips to her door for the past few weeks.

"She was a wonderful woman, that's all you can say," she said. "She was like a mothering figure to some of us around here. She'd look after us."

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Image caption Mavis Bran ran several local businesses

Dan Sturrock, who rented his shop in Cynwyl Elfed from Ms Bran, said: "We were shocked to hear it. She's always been a professional business woman with us, good to deal with.

"We were very sad to hear the tragic news from a customer who came in yesterday morning."

Local councillor Irfon Jones said the death of Mrs Bran, who had run several local businesses, is a "great loss" to the area.

He added: "She was great, whatever we wanted she helped us out. She ran several business - pubs, chip shops and alike - and they were all successful.

"Her passing will be a great loss to the area."

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