Tributes paid to ‘kind and cheery’ man found dead in Falkirk house fire

Tributes have been paid to a “kind and cheery” Scots man found dead following a house fire in Falkirk.

The 60-year-old, named locally as John, was discovered after mercy crews arrived at the scene on Wilson Gardens, in Camelon, at around 8.20pm last night.

A major police probe has been launched as officers establish how the blaze broke out.

Forensic teams were spotted collecting evidence inside the property.

Police have taped off the area while they investigate the fire

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A woman, who lives on the street, told the Record: “I was shocked when my neighbour told me what had happened.

“I heard and seen the fire engines, but didn’t expected it to be anything like this, I thought it might have been a false alarm.

“John lived there with his wife, they were a lovely couple.

“I used to chat to them on a Friday when the fish van came round. They were both always so very kind and cheery.

Bunches of flowers have been left in tribute to the tragic victim in the garden.

His death is being treated as unexplained.

A Police spokesperson said: “Around 8.20pm on Thursday 8 April 2021 officers were called to a report of a fire at a property on Wilson Gardens, Falkirk.

“Emergency services attended and a 60-year-old man was pronounced dead. His family have been made aware.

“A joint investigation, with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, is underway, and the cause of death is currently being treated as unexplained. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

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