Human remains have been discovered in the charred shell of a mill, police have revealed, following a report that four Vietnamese nationals may be missing in the fire.
A fire broke out at Bismarck House Mill in Oldham, Greater Manchester on 7 May, with fire crews battling for four days to bring the blaze under control.
It was initially not believed that anyone was in the building at the time of the fire, until Greater Manchester Police received reports on 21 July that four Vietnamese nationals were missing and may have been involved in the fire. I’m involved.
On Saturday, demolition workers at the site are said to have made a grim discovery of human remains.
The force said it had declared a major incident following the discovery.
It is currently unclear how many people may have died in the fire and investigators are now working to determine what the building was being used for at the time.
The force said the incident had also been referred to its professional standards branch for review “due to previous links to fires and missing persons”.
‘At the forefront of victim and bereavement research’
Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said: “The victims and bereaved are at the forefront of our death investigation. As such, while work continues to confirm the identity of the deceased, we are liaising with partner agencies. Ensure that potential family members in Vietnam are fully informed and supported.
“This news will understandably affect both the local and wider community. I can assure members of the public that this has been treated as a major incident to ensure that both GMP and partner agencies Respond to the incident in the most efficient manner and that specialist officers are following every line of inquiry to confirm the identity of the deceased, if anyone else was inside the mill during the fire, and the complete vicinity of the fire. Circumstances. Any criminal offenses identified as part of their investigation shall be promptly and appropriately pursued.
“On behalf of the investigation team, I would appeal to anyone with information to contact them directly or, anonymously, through Crimestoppers. They are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who knows How the building was being used as of May 7 or who has information about the fire.
Anyone with information is asked to come forward via the Major Incident public portal, or by calling 0161 856 0055 and quoting Operation Logan.
Information can also be shared anonymously with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Anyone concerned about a missing loved one is advised to contact the Casualty Bureau. UK callers: 0800 051 4675. International callers: 020 459 4500