The family of a 56-year-old man who tragically died in a house fire in Sunderland have paid tribute to the man known as a loving dad and grandfather.
His daughter Kelly Simpson, 34, has said her father was a 'lovely man' who liked to make people smile and laugh.
The mum-of-three, from Hylton Castle, said: "Everybody loved dad.
"Everyone got on with him, he was a joker and liked to make people smile and laugh.
"He lived close to his family and all the grandkids adored him.
"If I wanted anything I just had to ask.
Kelly, a kitchen porter at The Red Lion in West Boldon, said they were in shock over what happened to the popular family man.
Northumbria Police have confirmed that there is not believed to be any third party involvement in the fire and say a report has been prepared for the coroner.
A former army paramedic, Ian had a number of jobs after leaving the service which included working as a carpet fitter, loft insulator and Chinese takeaway delivery driver.
But Ian, who was registered disabled, had to give up work 10 years ago due to his health struggles.
Kelly continued: "He was very sociable and would go into the Boars Head pub regularly - they even have his photo on the wall.
"He was a well-liked man and would talk to anyone."
"We have been on holiday with him a few times in the past and used to meet up with me and my mam every week in the town for a cuppa.
"He was just a lovely man, he was a joker, but very caring and would always listen to you.
"He was a bit like a male agony aunt, you would come in with a problem and he would solve it.
A hands-on man, his family say Ian enjoyed to build things - building the shed in his back garden and helping people with their cars.
Kelly added: "He absolutely adored horror films, he loved them, they were his favourite thing in the world.
"If he had a horror film, a can and his baccy, he was happy.
"He also loved being next to the port as he liked watching the ships come in and out. "
Ian leaves behind his grandchildren Daniel, Marc and Ashleigh Simpson, his daughter Kelly and son-in-law Michael Simpson, his wife Beverley and seven siblings.