Woman who died in Seaham house fire named by family as much-loved grandmother Doris Sherwin

A 68-year-old Seaham woman who tragically died in a house fire has been named as much-loved grandmother Doris Sherwin, her family have confirmed.

Friday, 19th February 2021, 11:41 am

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a house on Bethune Avenue, Seaham, at around 5.40am on Thursday, February 18 and found a woman inside who sadly died at the scene.

No one else was injured in the fire or rescued from the property.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire, but it is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

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Bethune Avenue in Seaham

Now, the woman’s family have confirmed her identity as Doris Sherwin – nee Willis – who was a popular resident on the street for 29 years.

The 68-year-old had sadly lost her husband Robert Sherwin, aged 69, to cancer in September 2020, the couple had been married for 45 years.

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A mother of two sons, aged 36 and 45, Doris also leaves behind two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

One of her sons said that Doris was the second-longest resident on Bethune Avenue and was a member of the local residents’ association.

He added that she was a popular lady and well-known.

Neighbours have paid tribute to Doris as they expressed their shock and heartbreak following the devastating news.

One neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I’ve known her since I was a child. She used to take us to the fields near Queensbury to play rounders – she took all the kids off the street.

"She was one of the most amazing women in the world. Everybody knew her around here, she’s been here over 20 years.

"I've known the family all my life, everyone is heartbroken and the community is hurting.”

Another neighbour said: "I just can’t believe it, everyone round here can’t believe what has happened – it’s tragic.

"She was such a big character, loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by so many.”

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager Colin Davis said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the woman’s family and friends at this time.

"Our fire investigation team is now working to ascertain the exact cause of the fire.”

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