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Body found at scene of fire at St David’s Church in Preston

Posted on - 30th October, 2022 - 7:32am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancashire Police, Plungington, Preston News
Firefighters at the scene of the St David's Church blaze Pic: Blog Preston
Firefighters at the scene of the St David’s Church blaze Pic: Blog Preston

A body has been found at the scene of the fire at St David’s Church.

Police are appealing for information after the sad discovery was made during a search of the derelict building in Eldon Street.

The huge blaze happened in the early hours of Thursday (27 October).

In the wake of the fire, local shopkeeper Nimesh Patel told Blog Preston he believed people had been living in the building.

Read more: Firefighters on scene of huge blaze at derelict St David’s Church in Eldon Street

An investigation has been launched to identify the deceased, and a Home Office post-mortem examination will try to establish a cause of death.

The cause of the fire also remains under investigation.

Firefighters at the scene of the St David's Church fire
The body was found during a search of St David’s Church

A Preston Police spokesperson said: “We are appealing to anyone who has any information that could help us identify the deceased person, or who has any information about the fire itself, to come forward and contact us.

“Has someone you know not been seen or heard of since Thursday? Do you have concerns for someone who may have been sleeping in that area? Please do get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0248 of October 27th. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.


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