A MAN killed in a fire at his home was a senior nurse at a sexual health clinic.

Alan Phillips, 45, died in the blaze at his basement flat in Upper St James's Street, Brighton, on Friday night, as reported in The Argus.

The fire is not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Phillips was senior clinical nurse at the Claude Nicol Centre in Eastern Road, Brighton.

A spokesman for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust said his colleagues were devastated and remembered him as an inspirational nurse.

Floral tributes were also left over the weekend outside the basement flat where he died.

One note said: "We will always love you and miss you forever. Sleep well."

Another said: "You have made an impact on my life. Will never forget you."

A colleague left a tribute which said: "Rest in Peace Alan, my wonderful boss and friend. Forever in my heart."

Three fire engines were called to the scene from Roedean, Hove and Preston Park stations at around 1.50am.

Eye witnesses said they saw smoke billowing out of the property as firefighters used hoses to tackle the fire.

Police cordoned off a section of the road on Saturday while forensics teams spent several hours at the scene gathering evidence.