Body found five days after major scrapyard fire in Blackburn

A body has been found at the scene of a major fire in Blackburn, police said.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 2:43 pm

Emergency services attended the blaze off Lower Hollin Bank Street at around 6.30pm last Saturday (April 24).

The fire involved a 30x50m building which reportedly contained around 50 cars and asbestos sheet roofing.

Huge plumes of smoke could be seen across the town as the flames ripped through the garage, with fire crews declaring a major incident.

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Emergency services at the scene of the fire down Lower Hollin Bank Street, Blackburn. (Credit: @LancashireFRS)

On Wednesday afternoon (April 28), police were called to reports of a concern for welfare at the same address.

The body of an adult was found at the property following a search by police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

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"Enquiries are now underway to identify the deceased and to establish the circumstances surrounding their death," a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

How long the body had been there is currently unknown.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation with colleagues from LFRS.

Anyone with information should contact police by calling 101, quoting log number 0537 of April 28.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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