The family of a “much loved” pensioner killed in a house fire have today paid tribute to him.
More than 15 firefighters were called to a house on The Leys in Macduff at 5am yesterday and put out the blaze but were unable to save Alexander Smith – known as Sandy.
Today, the family of the 76-year-old have paid tribute to the “hardworking, kind man”.
In a statement, Mr Smith’s family said: “Sandy was a hardworking, kind man who was much loved by his family.
“We are shocked and saddened by his death. We would ask that we are allowed privacy to grieve at this difficult time.”
Detective Inspector Sam Buchan said: “Our thoughts remain with Alexander’s family at this sad time.
“I can confirm there are no suspicious circumstances.
“As is standard with sudden deaths a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”
A fire service spokeswoman said: “We received a call at 5.04am to a house fire in Macduff.
“Three appliances, based in Aberchirder, Turriff and Banff, attended the incident and put out a fire. The stop message came through at 6.10am.”
There are no suspicious circumstances.
Councillors expressed their sympathy for the man’s loved ones and paid tribute to firefighters who got neighbours out of their homes and stopped the flames from spreading.
Troup councillor Mark Findlater said: “This is an absolutely terrible and horrific thing to happen. It is such a shock for the community.
“My thoughts are with the elderly gentleman’s family at this very difficult time.”
Fire crews in attendance were retained crews based in Aberchirder, Turriff and Banff.
Mr Findlater added: “My thanks go to our excellent firefighters for their quick response.
“We really owe our retained firefighters for what they do for us.
“They are heroes. They got to the property very quickly and were able to control the fire and protect neighbouring residents.
“Had they not reacted so quickly, the safety of neighbours could have been in danger.”
The interior of the property suffered severe smoke damage and the front door was damaged when firefighters forced entry.
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Troup councillor Ross Cassie said: “My thoughts are with the man’s friends and family.
“I’ve got nothing but praise for the firefighters who give up their time to keep the community safe.”