Fire crews will pay tribute to Heacham community stalwart killed in blaze

The house in Heacham where a woman died in a fire. Picture: Chris Bishop

The house in Heacham where a woman died in a fire. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Talks will take place to decide how to pay a fitting tribute to Tracey Swann, who died in a house fire at the weekend.

Tracey, who led the campaign to save Heacham fire station, was alone at home when the fire tore through her two-bedroom Victorian terrace property in Caley Street in the village.

A spokesman for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said: 'Tracey was a big supporter of the service and Heacham fire station, in particular.

'Heacham fire crew is in discussions with the parish council and her family to decide on the best way to pay tribute to her. Nothing has been decided.'

The spokesman added the investigation into the cause of Saturday night's blaze could take some time,


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Parish councillor Ms Swann, who was in her 50s, also worked for about 13 years part-time at Heacham Group Practice, whose senior partner, Dr Andrew Lake, said: 'Tracey has been part of our team since 2003 when she first joined us a receptionist before becoming a health care assistant in 2006. In that role many people in Heacham and Snettisham will have come to know her as she will have taken blood from them, per-formed an ECG or monitored some part of their ongoing health care as a valued team member. Tracey was always willing to go the extra mile to help someone.'

Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, said he was absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news, while Heacham Parish Council chairman Michael Williamson said: 'Everybody is in a state of shock. People have been rallying round to support her son and mother.

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'I understand her son was at the youth club, which she ran, on Saturday night and was told to get home quickly.'

Her friend Caroline Page said: 'She was a fantastic lady and it's a terrific loss for Heacham.'

Heacham was one of two fire stations earmarked for closure in September 2015. As the EDP launched a county-wide Save Our Stations campaign, Ms Swann fought to keep it, and it was confirmed that the station had been saved in February.

Would you like to pay tribute to Tracey Swann? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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