Witnesses heard man screaming as fire spread from car to car… The emergency services in the West Midlands have discovered a body in a burnt-put car in a salvage yard in Erdington, Birmingham.
The area has been sealed off as police call in forensic officers to examine the scene after the body was found on the evening of April 17.
The fire services were contacted after members of the public reported that several cars in the salvage yard were on fire. One resident also claimed that they had heard yelling and screaming coming from the area during the fire.
Initial investigations have not yet been able to identify the body or the cause of the fire. A post-mortem investigation will take place shortly and fire experts will also be called in to determine how the fire started.
It is believed the fire started in one vehicle and rapidly spread to the others in the yard but the precise cause is not certain at this point.
A resident interviewed by the BBC said her boyfriend has heard yelling in the area earlier that evening before emergency crews arrived later that evening as the fire spread.
“Suddenly (there were) loads of fire trucks and loads of noise,” she said.
“A few hours before, my boyfriend said he heard what was like yelling around 10 o’clock.
“It’s quite a surprise what’s going on, it’s just not normal.”
Det Sgt Andy Bradley called for people with information to come forward: “The death is being treated as unexplained as we try to determine how the person died, and the fire began.
“We are urging anyone with information about last night’s events to come forward and speak to us at their earliest opportunity.”
The HSE have stated that it is vitally important that workplaces across the country have all necessary fire safety measures in place to mitigate against these kind of tragic accidents which kill hundreds every year in the UK.