Community leaders have spoken of their shock following the death of a woman in a house fire in Watlington yesterday.
The woman, who has been named locally as Debbie Skipper, died in hospital earlier today following the blaze at her home in Cecil Close on Thursday afternoon.
Parish council chairman Jean Golding said her children had attended school with Mrs Skipper’s daughter.
She said: “I had known her a very long time. We weren’t close friends but we were acquaintances and she was always interested in community issues.”
Mrs Golding said she had last spoken to Mrs Skipper around a month ago about her interest in establishing a speed watch scheme in the village.
She added: “She would often ring me, as a councillor, about issues she was concerned about.
“I’m so very, very sorry to hear that she has passed away. My heart goes out to her family.”
Church warden Richard Miller said he remembered her from her time working in the village’s shop.
He added: “She was a really, really nice person. It’s hit the village hard.”
An investigation into the cause of the firem which broke out at around 3.30pm on Thursday, is continuing. Police say the death is currently being treated as “unexplained.”