South West Wales

Family 'devastated' by Llanelli mother's fire death

Scene of the fire at Gelli Road, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
Image caption Police cordoned off the scene at Gelli Road, Llanelli

The family of a 38-year-old woman who died after a house fire in Llanelli have paid tribute to a "loving mother and wonderful daughter."

Rebekah Lewis was rescued by fire crews from the blaze in Gelli Road early on Friday but died later in hospital.

Police said the fire started accidentally and she died of smoke inhalation.

Her sister Kath Harries said her family was devastated and her death left a big gap in their lives.

Firefighters were called to the house at 0154 GMT.

In a statement, released through Dyfed-Powys Police, Ms Harries said: "Rebekah was always full of life, always smiling and bubbly, and that's how we'll all remember her.

"We are all devastated at losing her. She was a loving mother, a wonderful daughter and sister and a great friend, and she leaves a very big gap behind.

"We've been overwhelmed by the kind thoughts and wishes passed on to us by so many people, and it just goes to show how highly Rebekah was thought of.

"We all love her and miss her so much."

Her former partner Martyn Phillips added: "She is simply irreplaceable and I will forever love her and miss her."

An inquest into the death has been opened and adjourned.

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