Tribute to tragic car blaze victim

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TRIBUTES were today paid to a loving Blackpool father who died after becoming engulfed in flames while trying to repair his car.

Raymond Roberts suffered terrible burns when his car set alight on Yeadon Way in Blackpool.

But despite a brave fight for life Mr Roberts died last Friday, surrounded by his family.

Friends and colleagues of the 54-year-old, who worked for Blackpool Transport, today described him as a “jovial” family man who would help anyone.

Mr Roberts, of Henry Street, South Shore, had worked as a mechanical fitter for Blackpool Transport since 1990.

Dave Hislop, director of trams at Blackpool Transport, said: “What has happened, it’s frightening. Ray enjoyed motorbikes and had horses. He was a jovial type of guy and nothing was too much trouble.

“He was dedicated to his job and seriously dedicated to his family. Ray will be sadly missed by all who worked with him.”

Mr Roberts was trying to repair his car after stopping on Yeadon Way at around 8.40am last Thursday when the fire broke out. Passer-by Ben Brown desperately tried to rescue Mr Roberts by dousing the flames with his jacket.

Mr Roberts was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester to be treated for burns.

Tragically his injuries proved too severe and he died the following day.

Friends and neighbours on Henry Street have been left stunned by his death.

Neighbour Kevin Simmons, 53, said: “He was always jolly and would help anyone. He was a family man. Neighbours have posted cards to his wife and daughter. He’s going to be sadly missed by a lot of people.”

Fellow Henry Street resident Joanne Atkins, 36, added: “We are thinking of the family. He was good at helping other people on the street.”

Friend, Fred Scott, 59, from South Shore, said: “If you needed help he was there.

“It’s a shame. My thoughts are with the family.”

A police and fire investigation has been launched to determine how the fire started.