'A wonderful, gentle woman': Family pays tribute to victim of flat fire
PUBLISHED: 11:44 31 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 31 October 2018
The victim of a flat fire has been described as a "wonderful, gentle woman" by her family.
Yasmin Siddiqi, 41, died in a fire at her flat in Rodney Road, Great Yarmouth, on Friday, October 26.
Her brother, Zahid Verrier, said the family was in shock over the incident, and said his sister was a “special soul” with a flair for cooking.
“She was a wonderful, gentle woman with the biggest heart,” he said.
Miss Siddiqi was raised in Birmingham, attending Moseley Secondary School.
She was the youngest of four - two sisters and two brothers - in a house that was “always filled with laughter”.
Mr Verrier said she had a particularly strong bond with her eldest sister, although all the siblings were close.
She was also very close to her grandparents, and had been deeply affected by losing her grandmother last year.
Her warmth and compassion made her a perfect sister, he said.
“She was a very loving and caring person and had the most infectious laugh.
“She was always there for support and to give you a hug,” he said.
In her late teens she attended Birmingham College of Food and Arts to study catering, gaining a qualification she was immensely proud of.
Soon after she moved to Great Yarmouth, living in the town for more than 20 years.
Mr Verrier said it was there that she indulged her passion for seals and dolphins, volunteering for local animal charities.
She also worked as a chef in pubs and restaurants including The White Swan, Two Bears Hotel and the chain, Fatsos.
The shock of her death was still being felt by the family.
Mr Verrier said: “We are devastated and in shock. This was a bolt from the blue.
“My mother is devastated that she will have to lay one of her children to rest.”
Friday’s incident saw firefighters battle for almost an hour with the fire, which took place in Miss Siddiqi’s rented basement flat.
Police and ambulance crews at the scene described the incident as a “tragedy” and offered their condolences to the family.