The families of firefighters still missing in a burned-out warehouse paid tribute to their "heroes" last night.
Three men are still missing after a blaze tore through a vegetable-packing warehouse in Atherstone-on-Stour, Warwickshire, on Friday.
One firefighter, Ian Reid, has already been confirmed dead and crews are continuing the search for his missing colleagues in what fire chiefs have called an "immensely frustrating" operation.
The families of the four men agreed to confirm the names of their loved ones.
Mr Reid, aged 44, was killed in the incident, while his three colleagues Darren Yates-Badley, aged 24, Ashley Stephens, aged 20, and John Averis, aged 27, are all still missing.
In a statement released through Warwickshire County Council, the family of Mr Stephens, who was based at Alcester Fire Station, paid tribute to the recent father.
His fiancee Emma Crocker, his mother, Sharon, and his father, Paul, said: "Ashley was a wonderful loving father, fiancee, son and brother and he will always be in our hearts.
"He adored his family and his football and was an ardent Manchester United follower.
"He lived his life for his family, especially his fiancee, Emma, and three-month-old son George."
Mr Yates-Badley was also based at Alcester Fire Station. His wife, Fay, mother Mandy Baylis and father Stephen Baylis said: "Darren was a larger than life character and would speak to, and help, anyone he met.
"Darren treated everyone equally and with the same kindness.
"We would like to thank everyone for their tributes, which have been great comfort. We didn't realise the impact that Darren had on other people's lives and he is our hero."
Mr Reid has worked as a firefighter in Warwickshire for the past four years, based at Rugby and Stratford stations.
He joined Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in February 2003 and was promoted to watch manager in 2005.
Mr Averis was based at Stratford Fire Station, and joined the service in March 2004 after working as a Ministry of Defence firefighter based at Marlborough Barracks.
Warwickshire's chief fire officer William Brown described all the men as "heroes".
He said: "Our work involves us in often difficult and sometimes highly dangerous call-outs.
"These professional men were doing their job of controlling a raging fire - with a tragic outcome - but their actions remain those of heroes. Men who save lives and properties.
"Our hearts and minds are with the family and friends of these local men.
"The impact of their loss on the community is unimaginable. The grieving has only just begun and will take a long time for us to recover and understand what has happened here."
The families asked that the media respect their privacy and allow them to come to terms with the tragic event.
Fire chiefs conceded that the search - which they had hoped to complete by midnight - was going "painfully" slowly.
Search teams have so far only managed to enter 20 yards into the site, with 80 more to go.
Jon Hall, assistant chief officer from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We have got an area approximately the size of four football pitches.
"I have to tell you now that with the state the building is in and the conditions the crews are having to work in, I am no longer going to give you a look forward to how long it will take.
"We have a few ideas about where they might be and we are working through the possibilities one by one. It looks like a total area of devastation. We are monitoring the situation minute by minute. The desire to see this through to the end is unstinted."
Warwickshire Police Chief Superintendent Paul Mason Brown, the commanding officer of the investigation, said they had been able to confirm that none of the warehouse workers were stuck inside the building as the fire raged.
Locals previously expressed fears that immigrant workers, who travel to the site in coaches each morning, might have been sleeping overnight in the warehouse when the fire struck.
Chief Supt Mason Brown said: "We have been able to locate a list of 150 employees and we have spoken to every one of those 150 employees so we know they are accounted for. That is significant progress. It is good news."
He did not know how many of them, if any, were at the site when the fire broke out, but said they would be questioned about their whereabouts as the investigation progresses.
The search will now continue until the missing firefighters are found, said Glen Ranger, deputy chief fire officer from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Earlier yesterday, firefighters from Stratford Fire Service visited the fire-ravaged shell of the warehouse to pay their respects. They laid flowers at the scene and saluted their missing colleagues.