A Moray man has died after being unable to escape a fire that ripped through his home.
Fire crews were called to battle the blaze in Keith late in the evening on Thursday after the alarm was raised by locals.
Yesterday Eddie Black was named locally as the man whose body was found within the Reidhaven Square flat after the flames were extinguished.
The death is the second as a result of fire in Moray within a month after Neil Thompson, from Lossiemouth, succumbed to injuries following a blaze that happened just three weeks ago.
Last night locals paid tribute to the “honourable gentleman” Mr Black who was a familiar face in the area while travelling on his mobility scooter.
It is understood that nearby residents rushed to the scene in an attempt to rescue the popular man but were prevented from entering the burning property by firefighters.
Munish Tandon served Mr Black every day in the convenience store that faces the burnt-out flat.
The shop owner said: “He was a quiet guy but he always carried himself with dignity and was a very honourable man and a gentleman to deal with.
“He was struggling to walk so used the mobility scooter and he was always very thankful for the help that we offered him – he would always say thank you. It’s such a shame.”
Yesterday, police forensic officers could be seen at the home. An investigation has been launched by the fire service but crews believe that there are no suspicious circumstances.
Four fire appliances were sent to the scene at about 9pm from Keith and Fochabers as well as two from Huntly. It is understood it took about an hour for the blaze to be brought under control.
Emergency crews sealed off the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road during the incident, which remained shut until yesterday morning.
Yesterday, police explained the fire was quickly dealt with by fire crews at the scene.
Detective Inspector Norman Stevenson said: “Inquiries into the circumstances of the fire have been ongoing throughout today, however at this stage there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.
“The local community are thanked for their patience whilst emergency services have dealt with this incident.”