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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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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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