Employer pays tribute to Mansfield fire death woman

Vanessa Lucas-Heathorn, the photo she supplied to Chad for an article in December.
Vanessa Lucas-Heathorn, the photo she supplied to Chad for an article in December.

The employer of tragic fire death woman, Vanessa Lucas-Hathorn, have paid tribute to her calling her a ‘valued member of staff’.

The 44-year-old died following a mysterious fire this week in Mansfield Woodhouse.

She had worked as an operations manager for community protection at Nottingham City Council.

Following her sudden death, head of service for community protection, Richard Antcliff, said: “Vanessa was a kind-hearted and thoughtful person who was a very well-regarded and valued member of staff.

“Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.”

Ms Lucas-Heathorn, a mother-of-two, died following the fire on a patch of grass, just behind Stow Court and next to Peafield Lane Primary School.

The emergency services were called out just after 12noon on Wednesday.

She was reportedly found in flames and Mansfield District Council workers, who were cutting the grass in the area, attempted to save her by frantically dousing her in water.

She was taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment for her injuries, where she died in the early hours of Thursday morning. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Just days before, Ms Lucas-Heathorn had been involved in a house fire at her Valley View home in Mansfield.

She escaped through a window after a fire had been deliberately lit on the ground floor.

She was taken to hospital and released Monday, but was promptly arrested on suspicion of arson.

She appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, where the case was referred to Nottingham Crown Court where she was due to appear on 21st July.

She was then granted bail and released.

Ms Lucas-Heathorn had featured in article in Chad prior to Christmas, when she feared that she would be evicted from her home over the festive period and left with nowhere to go.