John-Paul Benoist was visiting his family in Newcastle when his wife rang him to inform him of the fire.
They spent last night in an evacuation centre and have only returned to their home this afternoon.
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A minute's silence has taken place in memory of a rugby coach from Leicestershire who died whilst swimming in the sea on holiday in France.
West Midlands weather: A chance of some patchy rain during the night, with mist and fog in places.
East Midlands weather: Any showers will die away during the evening to leave a night with some mist and fog patches.