TRIBUTES from community leaders have poured in for a mother-of-five who died in a house fire in Plumstead on Tuesday (June 18).

Caroline Kaur and her 23-year-old daughter Hayleigh were killed in the flames that destroyed their family home in Purrett Road.

Mrs Kaur, believed to be in her 50s, was a “loyal and popular” school administrator at nearby Gallions Mount Primary School – where she worked for more than 20 years before recently joining Greenwich Council.

Head Teacher of Gallions Mount Primary School Doug Johnston said: “Caroline’s death and that of her daughter Hayleigh have come as a great shock to us all.

“She’d been associated with Gallions Mount for over 20 years since her children began attending our reception class.

“She was a great character with a big heart who made an invaluable contribution to the school.

“Our love and condolences go to her husband Rajinder and children Madison, Shirleigh, Kimberleigh and Alex for their great loss.

“Caroline will be greatly missed as a loyal friend to staff and children alike.”

She recently took up the role of case manager in Greenwich Council’s special educational needs service where her death has shocked colleagues.

Deputy leader of Greenwich Council Councillor Peter Brooks said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this extremely difficult time.

“Caroline was a loyal and popular member of staff at Gallions Mount Primary, and was much loved and respected in the school community that she served for many years.

“In joining our staff recently as part of our Special Educational Needs service, Caroline brought a considerable degree of commitment to improving the lives of young people.

“Her death in such tragic circumstances has come as a considerable shock to her colleagues.”

The mother and daughter are understood to have died inside the house while five other people were taken to hospital.

The fire is being investigated by police and the London Fire Brigade but it is not being treated as suspicious.