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image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News A body has been found following a suspicious fire at a retail park in Scotland.
More than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze as it tore through Pets At Home and B&M, as well as an empty unit, at St Catherines Retail Park in Perth last month.
Officers believed at the time of the fire – which happened in the early hours of 24 August – that there could be a person inside the B&M store next door to the pet shop.
Police Scotland confirmed a body was discovered on Saturday “within the premises” of the retail park, but did not name which store.
Chief Inspector Ian Scott said: “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 and Rescue Service and other partners to establish the full circumstances.”
It was reported that 63 animals were evacuated from the pet shop during the blaze, but none were injured.
Jamie East, of Perth, was killed during the blaze at B&M at St Catherine’s Retail Park on Saturday, August 24.
Last Friday the force said they were investigating the possibility that someone had died in the fire.
A man had been seen on CCTV entering the building shortly before flames ripped through the building. He was reported missing following the incident.
A Tayside Police Division statement reads: “Police Scotland can confirm the identity of the man who died in a fire at St Catherines Retail Park, Perth on Saturday, August 24 as Jamie East (33) from Perth.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Mr Easts family are being provided with appropriate support, and have asked that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”
About 50 firefighters spent hours tackling the inferno, with 10 appliances and three aerial platforms sent to the scene.