Two men who died when a fire tore through a luxury five-star hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland have been named.
Simon Midgley & Richard Dyson, believed to be from London, were staying at Cameron House Hotel when the blaze broke out on Monday morning.
Police have not confirmed the identity of those who died, but relatives have paid tribute to social media.
The hotel’s director has praised the actions of the emergency services in preventing further tragedy.
Firefighters who brought a couple and their baby to safety from an upper floor have been hailed as “heroes”.
More than 200 guests were evacuated from the building when the blaze broke out. A joint investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.
Social media posts suggested that Mr Midgley and Mr Dyson were on a winter break in Scotland.
A post on Mr Midgley’s Instagram account on Saturday showed pictures of Cameron House Hotel and said: “Home for the weekend.”
Relatives have been expressing their shock at the news of the couple’s deaths.
Mr Midgley’s sister posted a picture of her brother and his partner on Facebook, while another relative wrote: “I’m beyond heartbroken.”
Kate Baxter wrote on Twitter: “Such unbearably sad news.. RIP @SimonMidgleyPR, a shining star in our wonderfully close-knit industry.”
Mr Midgley was a freelance journalist at the London Evening Standard and ran his own PR company, while Mr Dyson is believed to be a TV producer.
Police and firefighters remained at the scene on Tuesday morning, with the scale of the damage becoming more apparent.
‘Thoughts and prayers.’
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Mr Osborne now the Evening Standards Editor said:
“The team here are very sad to hear the awful news about Simon and Richard.
“We will miss Simon’s adventurous spirit. Everyone sends our thoughts and prayers to his family at this impossible time.”
The Royal Holloway University of London also paid tribute to Mr Dyson, who was a former student.
The university said:
“We are very sorry to hear of the death of our alumnus Richard Dyson, who was tragically killed with his partner in a fire on Monday at the Cameron House Hotel. Condolences to his & Simon’s families.”
Cameron House, an 18th Century mansion, was converted into a luxury hotel and resort in 1986.
It is a popular wedding venue and houses the Michelin-starred Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond restaurant.