A chip shop owner has been arrested over the 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 ran with her 70-year-old husband Geoff in Hermon, near Carmarthen in West Wales.
The former pub landlady was rushed to a specialist burns unit – but died at Morriston Hospital in Swansea six days later.
Mavis Bran died after suffering severe burns at the chip she runs in the village of Hermon
The couple came out of retirement in January after getting ‘bored’ and opened the popular Chipoteria takeaway.
But Mrs Bran died after suffering severe burns to more than 30 per cent of her body in her shop. A sign outside 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.
Mr and Mrs Bran 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 Mr Bran built the cabin and installed the fryer.
Her husband, Geoff, was arrested by police and questioned. He has since been bailed
In the programme, Mrs Bran said: ‘We have a box of 120 fish and it is all gone in a week.’ Mr Bran added: ‘Business is good.’
Customers Ken and Cerys Davies told the TV cameras: ‘We come here once or twice in the week and then for dinner on Sunday.
She was a lovely lady, it is very tragic. She runs the ship shop with her husband, it is very popular
Iron Jones, local councillor
‘It’s a treat to come here. The curry is to die for. It’s a real paradise.’
Mr and Mrs Bran 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.’
The couple run the popular Chipoteria takeaway in Hermon, near Carmarthen in West Wales
A friend, 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.’
One review online said: ‘Really tasty food and lovely people running the place.’
A spokesman 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 has been arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail whilst the investigation is ongoing. 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.’
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