A chip shop owner has been arrested over the tragic death of his wife killed by burning fat - just months after the pair came out of retirement to sta
A chip shop owner has been arrested over the tragic death of his wife killed by burning fat – just months after the pair came out of retirement to start their roadside village cafe.
Mavis Bran, 69, died after suffering burns at the village chip shop she runs with her husband Geoff, 70.
She was rushed to a specialist burns unit at hospital – but died six days later.
The couple came out of retirement in January after getting ‘bored’ and opened the popular Chipoteria takeaway in the sleepy country village of Hermon, near Carmarthen, west Wales.
But former pub landlady Mavis died after suffering severe burns to more than 30 per cent of her body in her chip shop.
A sign outside the shop today said the business was ‘closed due to illness’.
Police investigating her death are appealing for lunchtime customers from the day she was injured to come forward.
Geoff and Mavis ran the chip shop from a cabin which he built in a roadside yard next door to their house.
The couple recently appeared on the Welsh language TV show Heno where they said they had opened the Chipoteria in January.
They said they were ‘bored in retirement’ so Geoff built the cabin and installed the fryer.
Mavis and Geoff had previously worked at other pubs and restaurants in west Wales and were property developers.
One neighbour said: ‘She was real good woman and it is a terrible tragedy.’
Carmarthenshire Councillor Iron Jones said: ‘She was a lovely lady, it is very tragic. She runs the ship shop with her husband, it is very popular.’
Furun Zhou, who runs the nearby Blue Bell Inn Chinese restaurant, said: ‘We are feeling very sad as she was a lovely lady. It is very sad news.’
A spokeswoman for Dyfed Powys Police said: ‘A 69-year-old woman has sadly died at Morriston Hospital on Monday, October 29.
‘She passed away after sustaining burns following an incident at the chip shop in Hermon, Carmarthenshire, at around 1.30pm on Tuesday, October 23.
: “A 70-year old man was arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
‘HM Coroner has been informed. Anyone who visited the chip shop between 12pm and 3pm on Tuesday, October 23, is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police.’