A body has been found within a B&M store – one week on from a huge blaze that ripped through a retail park in Perth.
Around 30 animals had to be evacuated from Pets at Home following the fire at St Catherines Retail Park shortly before 2.30am last Saturday.
More than 50 firefighters were called to tackle the flames, with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sending ten engines and other specialist appliances.
However on Friday, police confirmed that they were searching for human remains amid fears that someone could have been killed the fire, which police are treating as “suspicious”.
Although formal identification is yet to take place, police believe they know the identity of the victim and are providing support to the persons family.
Chief inspector Ian Scott, Perth and Kinross local area commander, said: “As communicated at the end of last week, our enquiries gave us reason to believe that there may be a person within the building.
“Formal identification of the body found has yet to take place, however, we believe that we know the identity of the individual, and specialist officers are providing support to their family at this time.
“The damage to the building is extensive and we are working closely with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and other partners to establish the full circumstances.
“This may take some time and I would like to thank the local and business community for their support.
“Some disruption in the immediate area is unavoidable while work is ongoing at the site, and there will be no pedestrian access between Glasgow Road and Morrisons until the area has been made completely safe.
Police in Scotland have confirmed the tragic discovery following the blaze at a Pets at Home in Perth