Rowe Court fire: Police name second person who died in blaze
The second person to die in the Rowe Court fire was identified today (3 February).
An apartment block was destroyed by a horrific fire in Grovelands Road, Reading last December in which two people died.
Both victims were carefully retrieved from the building on Monday, January 31.
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The second victim has been officially identified as 46-year-old Richard Burgess.
The news comes after the first person was officially identified on Tuesday February 1 as 45-year-old Neil Morris.
Specially trained officers are supporting Mr. Burgess’ family.
The family paid him the following tribute: “Richard was a very beloved son, son-in-law and brother. He was a caring and caring person, kind and non-judgmental.
“He often gave money to the homeless, begging on the streets. He was willing to do without, even though he had very little money to spare.
“He loved the simple pleasures – a pint or two in the local with his friends, a PlayStation game with his brother, a bike ride in the countryside.
“He was actually very interested in the environment and the natural world, exploring much of the South Chilterns, the New Forest and the Isle of Purbeck on his bike.
“He always took time to enjoy the scenery and the countryside he passed through. He enjoyed being outdoors, which was reflected in his work as a gardener over the years.
“Richard just wanted to live in peace and quiet, to continue his life undisturbed. Tragically, he was denied this in a cruel and horrific way. He was taken from us far too soon and will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. “
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