Popular Ledbury businessman dies after bonfire accident

Ledbury Reporter: Popular Ledbury businessman Lee Vine has died Popular Ledbury businessman Lee Vine has died

A MAN who was set alight after being hit by a fireball from a garden bonfire has died.

Lee Vine had spent the last two weeks in intensive care after suffering 50 per cent burns during the incident at his home in Falcon Lane, Ledbury, on Sunday, December 30.

Although he had remained in a critical condition after undergoing four operations, his family, who had been keeping a constant vigil at his bedside, said he was fighting and had hoped he would pull through.

However the 50-year-old , who owned his own business Lee Motorcycles on the Homend Trading Estate, died at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital earlier this morning.

Mr Vine’s family, including partner Lyn Wall, brother Jason, children Luke and Leanne and step-son Sam, had been inundated with messages of support since the accident and people were quick to pay tribute following news of his death.

Former Mayor of Ledbury Ken Davies, a neighbour in Falcon Lane who had known Mr Vine and his family for many years, said he was shocked and deeply saddened by the news.

“I will always remember him as full of spirit,” he said. “He was very determined and hard-working, had built up a good business and deserved everything he had achieved. He was very popular and will be sadly missed.”

Bob Pearce, proprietor of neighbouring Homend business Station Domestic Appliances, said: “I have got nothing but fond memories of him. He was a lovely character and nobody ever had a bad word to say about him.”

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2:18pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Herefordian says...

Very very sad
RIP
Very very sad RIP Herefordian
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2:45pm Fri 11 Jan 13

courtesycall says...

Tragic, very sad. Tears are in our eyes.
God bless.
Tragic, very sad. Tears are in our eyes. God bless. courtesycall
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4:07pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Ducati-phil74 says...

R.I.P. Lee,

God bless
R.I.P. Lee, God bless Ducati-phil74
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6:58pm Fri 11 Jan 13

emell says...

Wooty you will be missed by one hell of a lot of people. R.I.P old mate. Keep your chin up Jason he lives on in you
Wooty you will be missed by one hell of a lot of people. R.I.P old mate. Keep your chin up Jason he lives on in you emell
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