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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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Police enforce cordon around fire at firework store

Staffordshire Police have said that emergency services are attending a fire at a firework retailer in Stafford. They previously said they were responding to an explosion. A statement said:

Emergency services are dealing with an fire at a Fireworks retailer on Tilcon Ave, Stafford. A cordon is in place to protect the public and we are urging those in the area to remain indoors with windows closed whilst @StaffsFire deal with the fire.

A number of roads in the area and we are evacuating a number of businesses and homes in the area - Police will those approach affected.

Please avoid the area to allow emergency crews to deal with the incident.

– staffordshire police statement

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