Next-door neighbour Jennifer Sutton returned home on Sunday morning to find the devastating scene.

She told the Midweek Herald: “He was a very nice guy and it’s just unfortunate what’s happened.”

Firefighters from Chipping Campden, Moreton, Broadway, Pebworth and Cheltenham were called to tackle the raging fire which damaged 75 per cent of the building.

They managed to get it under control by mid-morning.

Mr Thompson had lived in the house for around 15 years, and after the fire was put out, his body was pulled from the wreckage.

His neighbours confirmed he lived alone after his wife died some time ago, but Mrs Sutton believed he had two cats which also died in the fire.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but Gloucestershire Police Inspector Steve Chester confirmed that a gas heater had been found at the heart of the blaze.

The house was still taped off yesterday (Monday) but police are not treating the fire as suspicious.

Second fire in Chipping Campden

A day later, Chipping Campden High Street was closed because of a fire in a flat above a bridal boutique.

Gloucestershire firefighters were called to the high street at 3.45pm on Sunday to tackle a fire above The White Rose.

Numerous fire engines from Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham, Broadway and Pebworth attended the scene.

An aerial ladder platform from Cheltenham East station was also brought to deal with the fire in the roof space, and a damage control unit from Stroud helped with salvage work.

The British Red Cross were also on scene offering help to the people who live in the property but there were no injuries recorded.

The fire was brought under control by 6.30pm and is not being treated as suspicious.