Tributes paid to police officer killed in house fire

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.

'Sense of grief' at loss of PC who was keen boxer

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@staffspolice Rest in Peace mate, #5735 PC Dave BEECH. Former special and good all round officer!

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Real sense of grief in @staffspolice following tragic death of PC Dave Beech after fire at his home. Thinking of his family and friends

Fatal house fire started in the kitchen of PC's home

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.

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Police chiefs pay tribute to 'exceptional' colleague

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.

His family were immensely proud of Dave and his exceptional service in our police family, and we all share this great loss of a valued friend and colleague.

He had been awarded a number of commendations during his time with the force and we know he was extremely proud to be a police officer.

He will be a great loss to us all.

– Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, Staffordshire Police

Ch Insp Clare Riley, commander at Newcastle Local Policing Team where PC Beech was based, added:

Dave was a well respected police officer who loved his job and serving the community.

He was also one of the most genuine people that you would care to know and his friends and colleagues will miss him dearly.

– Chief Inspector Clare Riley, Newcastle LPT commander

Tributes to tragic PC killed in house fire

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.

PC David Beech was found dead at his home in Stoke on Sunday
PC David Beech was found dead at his home in Stoke on Sunday Credit: Staffordshire Police

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.