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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Tributes paid to mum who has died after house fire

A woman who suffered serious burns in a house fire has died.

Louise Ray photo
Louise Ray was a talented singer, dancer and choreographer

Tributes have been paid to Louise Ray, 34, after she lost her life more than two weeks after the blaze in Workington.

The fire happened at Walker Road, Salterbeck, in the early hours of Thursday, July 17.

Miss Ray, a mother who had been a leading light in west Cumbria’s amateur musical scene, suffered burns to her arms and upper body.

She was at first taken to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Miss Ray was later transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for treatment, where her condition was reported to be critical but stable. But police have now confirmed the woman in the fire had died. The North and West Cumbria coroner is expected to open an inquest in the coming days.

Miss Ray had worked in the past as a sales executive with Cumbrian Newspapers in Workington, having joined the company in 1996 as a YTS trainee, and was a popular member of staff.

She was also a talented singer, dancer and choreographer.

Miss Ray trained and competed in tap, modern, jazz and song and dance and got to the semi-final stages of the Miss Dance of Great Britain competition in 2000.

She also had a long-standing association with Workington and District Amateur Musical Society (WADAMS) and played a key role in a number of its productions.

The society posted its tribute to her on Facebook, saying: “So sad the news about the passing of Louise Ray. A very talented young lady who will be sadly missed by many.

“RIP Louise, the thoughts of all at WADAMS are with your family.”

Friends and former colleagues have also been using the social networking site to express their shock at her death, calling her “one in a million” and a “great lass”.

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