‘Lovely bloke and co­me­dian’ died af­ter smoke in­hala­tion in blaze at home:

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ATAXI driver who died in a house fire was a “co­me­dian” and a “lovely bloke”, say his shocked fam­ily.

Mike Beeby, 57, who worked for Try­fan Cabs, in Ban­gor, for around 20 years, died at his home in Erw Las, in Bethesda, last Tues­day morn­ing.

Fol­low­ing his death, his cousin Amy Jones wrote on Face­book: “My poor cousin Michael Beeby. I am grate­ful to the emer­gency ser­vices, who did the best they could.”

The 36-year-old, who lives in Ox­ford­shire, said: “I haven’t seen Mike for a few years. It’s a huge shock to us as his fam­ily. It’s aw­ful. We don’t know what’s hap­pened.

“He was such a lovely bloke. He was great to my mum and dad, and when my dad passed away in 2011.

“He used to come down here on his mo­tor­bike and joke that it was for the Ox­ford­shire air.

“He was a co­me­dian. I have spo­ken to his son Stephen but I can’t re­ally say too much more.

“It’s made me re­alise how im­por­tant fam­i­lies are.”

Fire crews fought the blaze and brought Mr Beeby out of the house, af­ter be­ing called at 10.40am.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal in Stoke by air am­bu­lance, but it was an­nounced last Wed­nes­day that he had died af­ter suf­fer­ing smoke in­hala­tion.

It is not known what caused the fire, which is not thought to have been sus­pi­cious.

Gareth Bir­kett, man­ager of Try­fan Cabs, said Mr Beeby had worked for the firm for two decades and was a hard-work­ing em­ployee.

“The staff are all shocked,” he said. “Our thoughts are with the fam­ily and our con­do­lences go out to them.” Neigh­bour Dil­wyn Jones, who called the fire ser­vice, said: “I never re­ally saw him be­cause he worked night-shifts. “The only time I re­mem­ber hav­ing a chat was when we were both dig­ging our cars out of the snow. A lot of peo­ple in the estate said that he kept him­self to him­self. “His son used to visit him years ago. His sis­ter, Mandy, only lives around the cor­ner in Maes Coet­mor. We had never spo­ken enough for me to re­alise that she lived there.” Po­lice and fire of­fi­cers are con­duct­ing a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion to es­tab­lish the cause.

Mike Beeby, 57, died af­ter a fire at his house in Bethesda

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