Brit who was burned alive inside caravan died after she dozed off in front of TV

The husband of a British mum burned alive in her caravan has told how he tried to save his wife after they fell asleep in front of the TV.

Tragic Hayley Louise Pearce died in popular tourist hotspot, Bodrum, Turkey, after dozing off.

The 54-year-old, who moved to the country 10 years ago, married the love of her life, Vedat Tugrul Dirik, at a romantic ceremony in 2021.

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Opening up on the frightening turn of events, Vedat discussed the moment he awoke from a nap to discover a fire had broken out in the caravan.

He told the Sun: "We were sitting watching the television, we just dozed off together, and the next thing I knew was waking up when the caravan was on fire."

Shocked, Vedat attempted to wake his wife to no avail.

He explained: "I grabbed her and shook her to try and wake up, but she didn't wake up… and all I could see everywhere was smoke and flames.

"I rushed outside and grabbed a fire extinguisher, but when I tried to get back in, the flames were intense.

"A neighbour tried to help. Together we broke a window further down, but even here, it was impossible to get inside.

"The flames were simply too high."

Experts believe a faulty electric heater caused the tragic incident.

Due to the rapid intensity in which the flames and smoke filled the caravan, Vedat remains unaware as to whether the mum-of-two was conscious to the situation or not.

Upon tying the knot, Vedat, a self-confessed 'nature lover' and his life coach wife moved into their home in order to "live the dream."

He said: "We were not allowed to build anything in the countryside. But we were able to put a caravan there, and a friend had some ground which was just perfect.

"So we bought one. We've been living there since we got married. She was really happy living in nature, surrounded by the green and animals."

The devastated widow described his beloved wife as a "wonderful woman" with a "heart of gold", who loved her two children "very much."

Vedat lay his wife to rest at the Upper Akçaalan Cemetery yesterday (Friday, May 12).

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