WEST Midlands Fire Service was today mourning the loss of its chief fire officer Wayne Brown after he was found dead at his home.

Mr Brown was found deceased at his home address this morning (Wednesday January 24), the fire service confirmed this evening, adding that his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Just earlier today the fire service had confirmed its chief was under investigation regarding claims made about him - believed to relate to  whether or not he had a business administration qualification which is a requirement for the top chief fire officer role.

Fire service bosses said they were carrying out "formal enquiries and processes" but declined to comment further. However, the news made newspaper headlines across the country today.

Greg Brackenridge, chair, of the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, said in a statement this evening: "We are devastated to report that our Chief Fire Officer, Wayne Brown, was this morning (January 24) found dead at his home address.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious by West Midlands Police.

"All our thoughts and love are with his family, his friends and his colleagues.

"We ask everyone that his family and his colleagues are given time and space at this tragic time."