TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular community figure found dead after a house fire in Leeds.
Susan Ashworth’s body was discovered amid the charred wreckage of her home in Farfield Court, Garforth, on Tuesday evening.
Her husband, Martin, was taken to hospital with serious burns and later died of his injuries.
The couple are understood to have been experiencing marital difficulties and police have said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Investigations were yesterday continuing to try to establish whether Mrs Ashworth was already dead when the fire started.
Praise for the mum-of-two and her involvement with the Garforth in Bloom group was led today by local councillor Mark Dobson.
Describing how he first met her through work in the mid-1980s, Coun Dobson said: “She was a quiet young woman back then but, boy, did she make up for it in later life when – as first secretary and then chair of Garforth in Bloom – she regularly contacted me on a host of issues to improve our community.
“She was a person it was hard to say no to, such was her drive and enthusiasm.
“A bubbly, friendly, kind woman, devoted to her boys, has left us along with her husband Martin in the most desperately sad circumstances. Garforth is the poorer for [Tuesday’s] events but I know the Bloom team will continue to plant and tend and sow in Susan’s memory.”
Another friend, who asked not to be named, said: “A shining light has been lost from our life and the lives of everyone she came into contact with.”
Police were yesterday still making checks at the scene of the blaze.