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Tributes paid to woman who died after gas explosion at her Cornwall bungalow

Fire crews found the bungalow to be "completely alight" just before 8pm on New Year's Eve. Photo: Twitter / @MarkHayling

The woman who died in a fire that destroyed a bungalow in Looe, Cornwall, has been named locally as 69-year-old Susan Crapp.

She has been described as a "kind and sweet" lady.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Councilor for Looe West, Lansallos and Lanteglos, paid tribute to Susan on Facebook.

Cllr Hannaford, who said she had known Susan her whole life, wrote: "Sadly the death of a woman in the house fire in Barbican Hill has now been confirmed. The woman is believed to be Susan Crap.

"As a resident of Barbican Hill for most of my life I've known Susan and her family since I was a child.

"She was kind and sweet working for many years in Boots, enjoying her camper van and her love of her cats and dogs.

"My condolences to her family and In particular her brother Thomas in Polruan.

"The Mayor has already paid his tribute and gratitude to the emergency services, especially to John Bowden and the Looe retained Fire crew for their valiant efforts and dedication to serving their community; I would like to add my thanks as well.

"They will need our support and understanding coming to terms with the terrible events of New Years Eve, as will her neighbours who witnessed the tragedy unfolding.

"The community of Looe has lost one of its own in tragic circumstances. Rest in peace Sue."

Cllr Hannaford said that she grew up in Barbican Hill area of Looe with Susan and they "used to play in the hill together".

She added that Susan was a "quiet thoughtful person" who "wouldn't hurt a fly".

Cllr Hannaford said that "she was always going off in her camper van" and she always took her dog with her.

The bungalow Susan lived in was her parents' home before hers and she is thought to have lived there for the past 57 years.

Other tributes flooded in on Facebook following Cllr Hannaford's post. Karen Webb posted: "I worked with Sue during my early years with Boots but had known her long before that. Lovely lady who will be missed.

"Such tragic circumstances I have not been able to get her out of mind since Saturday. RIP Sue."

Lotty Darlo posted: "R.I.P Susan, my boys and I always chatted to you and your dad when he was alive. You and your little dog loved the little camper and the freedom it gave you. All together again now."

Beverley Richardson added: "Very sad news for all who knew this local lady. Many people knew her from her work at Boots. My thoughts are with her friends family and neighbours. But many thanks to all emergency crews for all you did and all you do."