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A house fire which killed a Staffordshire police officer and his two pet dogs started in the kitchen, investigators have revealed.
Neighbours called the fire service shortly before 11.30am on Sunday after noticing the external extractor fan on PC David Beech's home in Tunstall had melted.
When firefighters broke in to the property, they found PC Beech along with the two animals.
Fire investigators said while the fire had not spread beyond the kitchen, the house was heavily smoke-logged.
Police chiefs in Staffordshire have paid tribute to an “exceptional” police officer who died in a house fire in Stoke-on-Trent.
Thirty-year-old PC David Beech was found dead at his home in Wyreley Way along with his two pet dogs on Sunday morning.
Ch Cons Mike Cunningham said PC Beech had been awarded a number commendations for his work with the force.
Ch Insp Clare Riley, commander at Newcastle Local Policing Team where PC Beech was based, added:
Tributes have been paid to a popular local policing officer, who tragically died in a house fire in Staffordshire along with his two pet dogs.
PC David Beech, aged 30, was discovered at his home in Wyreley Way, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent over the weekend.
The local policing officer had joined Staffordshire Police in November 2008, having previously served as a special constable.
Neighbours raised the alarm at around 11.30am on Sunday morning.
His death is not being treated as suspicious.