Families pay tribute to two men killed in firework factory blaze

The two men killed in a blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford, have been named.

The family of Stewart Staples,said they are "totally shocked and devastated" at the loss of the "devoted and much loved family man".

The family of Simon Hillier, said they are "resigned to the fact that we will not see Simon again" and will "miss him dearly".

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Families' tributes to 'much loved' men killed in firework blaze

Stewart Staples

The family of Stewart Staples, one of two men believed to have died in a fire at a fireworks warehouse in Stafford, said they are "totally shocked and devastated" at the loss of the "devoted and much loved family man".

Simon Hillier

The family of Simon Hillier, the second man believed to have died in the blaze at the SP Plastics industrial unit, said they are "resigned to the fact that we will not see Simon again" and will "miss him dearly".

Police name two men killed in firework factory blaze

Detectives investigating a fatal fire at a firework factory in Stafford have released the names of those who are believed to have died in the blaze.

41-year-old Simon Hillier, of Mountside Street, Hednesford, and Stewart Staples, 57, of Bond Way, Hednesford.

Although formal identification isn't likely to be confirmed for some weeks, evidence gathered places both of the men at the scene when the explosion happened.

I is believed Simon was working at the premises while it's thought Stewart was a customer.

A man in his 40s remains critically ill in hospital, while a fourth casualty is recovering at home.

– Supt Ian Coxhead, of Staffordshire Police

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Investigations continue into fireworks factory fire

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fatal fire at a fireworks factory in Stafford.

The bodies of two men were found in the wreckage of the warehouse by emergency service today. A third man remains in a critical condition in hospital following the blaze on Thursday.

A 53-year-old man arrested in connection with the fire has been released with no further action and is now being treated as a witness.

ITV News' Midlands reporter Ben Chapman reports:

Man in critical condition after fireworks factory blaze

A man remains in a critical condition in hospital following a fireworks factory blaze which claimed the lives of two men.

The man suffered serious burns in the blaze at SP Fireworks in Stafford. A second man who was taken to hospital is now recovering at home, Staffordshire Police said.

It comes as the force confirmed the bodies of two men were discovered in the wreckage of the blaze today.

Supt Ian Coxhead, from Staffordshire Police, said: “This is a tragic development in a rare and challenging incident, our sympathies go out to the families of those who have sadly lost their lives."

Officers remain at the scene of the blaze, which will remain cordoned off while work to establish the cause of the fire continues, a force spokesman said.

Bodies of two men recovered from fireworks factory

The bodies of two men have been discovered at the scene of a blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford, Staffordshire Police said.

A 53-year-old man arrested in connection with the fire at SP Fireworks on Tilcon Avenue in Stafford on Thursday has been released and is now being treated as a witness.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Two people were taken to hospital following the blaze. One victim is in a stable condition, but the other is more seriously hurt.

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Fireworks factory 'met all safety checks'

A factory which was hit by a blaze met all safety requirements for the storage of fireworks, the local council has said.

SP Fireworks in Stafford had been registered to sell fireworks for the last four years during which there had been no safety issues, Staffordshire County Council said.

Trading standards inspected the premises on Tilcon Avenue last month and it met all safety requirements for the storage of fireworks.

A 53-year-old has been arrested in connection with the blaze, the cause of which is still being investigated. Two people remain unaccounted for while two men were taken to hospital.

Blaze at fireworks factory still smouldering a day later

Smoke could still be seen billowing from a fireworks factory which caught fire last night.

Parts of the factory still appeared to be on fire today. Credit: SWNS

Firefighters were on the scene in Stafford to put out the last flames and assess damage to the building.

The factory is said to be completely destroyed in the blaze. Credit: SWNS

Two people remain unaccounted for since the fire took hold at 5.15pm on Thursday.

A van parked outside the factory is burned out. Credit: SWNS
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Fireworks storage area 'completely destroyed'

The factory's entire the entire storage unit has been destroyed by last night's explosion Credit: Staffordshire Police

The investigation into a fire at a fireworks factory in Stafford is 'challenging' because the entire storage unit has been destroyed by the explosion, according to police.

Firefighters and police officers are spending the day recovering any potential evidence from the area around SP Fireworks on Tilcon Avenue.

Last night, two people were hospitalised when a major fire ripped through the factory premises. One victim is in a stable condition, but the other is more seriously hurt.

Police have said they are hoping to reopen Tilcon Avenue to those businesses who have premises on the road and to drivers who need to move their cars in the coming hours.

Baswich Lane has reopened to traffic, but drivers there are experiencing serious delays because of investigation work being carried out by emergency services.

"We have a great deal of sensitive and challenging work to complete in order to allow us to establish the cause of the explosion and following fire.

"We understand the unit was storing a significant volume of fireworks which appear to have been completely destroyed during the blaze last night.

"This makes the ongoing examination of the scene particularly challenging and we expect to be at the scene for some time. We can confirm a 53-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the incident.

“One of people taken to hospital last night is in a poorly condition, whilst the second is stable after receiving treatment.

– Supt Ian Coxhead, from Staffordshire Police
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