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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 December 2007, 16:13 GMT
Death explosion man 'devastated'
Fire scene
Explosions blew out windows and a door at the taxi office
A man whose wife was killed in a fire and explosion at their taxi office in Lincolnshire has said his family are devastated by the tragedy.

Sue Barker, 43, and another woman, Ann Mawer, 52, died in the blaze at Fred's Taxis in Immingham on Christmas Eve.

Mrs Barker's husband Tony, 43, who owns the business, suffered serious burns and is recovering in hospital.

In a statement released by Humberside Police he said: "Obviously we are devastated at this distressing time."

'Not suspicious'

He said: "Our family has lost a wife and mother in Sue and our condolences go to the family of Ann Mawer, who also tragically died.

"My children are being cared for by family members and are obviously all devastated.

"We are obviously co-operating with the police enquiry, which is on-going, and wish to thank all those who helped in the aftermath of the explosion."

Police said formal identification of the bodies of the two women had not yet taken place, due to the extent of their injuries.

But a spokeswoman said the force was confident the women were Mrs Barker, of Talbot Road, Immingham, and Mrs Mawer, of Staple Road, South Killingholme.

Post-mortem examinations are due to be carried out on Friday.

Police said the fire was not thought to be suspicious but witnesses and Mr Barker would be interviewed.

The small taxi office was completely destroyed in the explosion and fire, with both windows and door blown out.

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