Tributes have been pouring in for a man "with the kindest heart" after a body was recovered from an Airdrie fire. 

Firefighters were rushed to a blaze in Ewart Drive in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

A number of specialist resources were used to fight the fire, which saw the house collapse. 

Glasgow Times: The house in Ewart Drive partially collapsed after the fire (Image: PA)The house in Ewart Drive partially collapsed after the fire (Image: PA)

The occupants of eight nearby houses were evacuated at the time as a precaution.

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John McGuigan, 38, was reported missing by friends and family from the Ewart Drive address. 

Police later confirmed a body had been found after the fatal fire. 

Family and friends have paid tribute to the 38-year-old "true gent". 

One person wrote about the Airdrie man who is known as 'Bulb': "An absolute true gent of a boy, with the kindest heart.

"A man who would do anything to help anyone and the best tea drinker and biscuit eater I’ve ever met. You’ll be missed by everyone Bulb!"

An old-time friend added: "Can’t believe you are gone. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

"A truer gentleman you could never meet. From the first time I met you almost 30 years ago, I considered you a friend.

"I’ll always have those happy memories. Love you John."

Another said he was an "absolute gem" and "true gentleman" taken too soon. 

A third said: "Can't believe we'll never see that smile again buddy. Absolutely heartbroken."

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A fourth added: "You were a total gem John, one of life’s good guys.

"You’ll be sorely missed. Hope you are at peace now."

Formal identification is yet to take place, however, police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances around the fire.