Police fear someone was killed in Perth shop inferno – The Courier

Police fear someone was killed in Perth shop inferno - The Courier

Police searching for human remains in B&M Bargains after it was gutted by fire

Around 50 firefighters tackled the blaze in Perth, Scotland, last weekend which police believe was started deliberately

Police are searching through the wreckage of a fire-hit Perth store, amid concerns that someone died in the blaze.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “We can confirm that as part of the investigation into the fire at St Catherines Retail Park in Perth on Saturday 24th August, we are considering the possibility that there may be the body of a person within the premises.”

A force spokesman confirmed on Friday morning that detectives were investigating the theory that a dead body could be inside the remains of the B&M outlet in the city’s St Catherine’s retail park.

“Our investigation into the fire is being conducted with this possibility in mind and efforts are continuing to make the building safe to enter, at which point it will then be fully examined.

More than 50 firefighters worked through the night to contain the fire, with 10 appliances and three aerial platforms sent to the scene.

The roof of the B&M store collapsed as a result of the blaze, which also damaged an empty adjoining unit.

Perth And Kinross Local Area Commander, Chief Inspector Ian Scott, said: “Our enquiries have given us reason to believe that there may be a person within the building.

Asked if police were searching for a body at the site, a spokesman confirmed it was one line of inquiry.

“The damage to the building is extensive and we are working closely with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and other partners to establish the full circumstances.

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