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Tributes paid to fireman Paul Fleming killed in blaze

Paul Fleming
Image caption Paul Fleming was part of the Dalkeith White Watch unit in Midlothian

The family of an off-duty firefighter who died in a house fire in East Lothian has paid tribute to him.

Paul Fleming died at the scene of the blaze at Longstone Avenue, East Linton.

It took his colleagues from Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service three hours to bring the blaze under control after it took hold on Saturday morning.

The 39-year-old father was described as "a hero to his two children", who was known for his kindness and willingness to help others.

In a staement released by police, the family said they were all "completely devastated by Paul's death".

They said: "He was loved by his family and will be greatly missed. Paul loved his job and was hugely popular amongst his colleagues.

"He always went out of his way to help people, and was well known in the local community for his kindness and willingness to always help others.

"He was a hero to his two children, and a wonderful father."

Despite their efforts, rescuers were unable to save Mr Fleming, who was a member of the Dalkeith White Watch unit in Midlothian.

It is understood a passer-by saw smoke coming from the property, raised the alarm and went to help.

Crews from East Linton and Haddington, as well as the fire investigation unit, attended but Mr Fleming died at the scene.

The fire service has been liaising with police following the incident.

A spokesman for the Lothian and Borders force said investigations to establish the cause of the fire were continuing.

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