Firefighters have completed their investigation in a derelict building where a dead man was found following a fire.
The blaze in Fennel Street, in Loughborough town centre, was reported at 8.40pm on Friday, and fire crews were on the scene throughout the night, putting out the fire by about 10pm and then remaining to ensure it did not flare up again.
On Saturday morning, Leicestershire Police revealed that the body of a man had been found in the gutted building by the firefighters. The derelict building had been used by rough sleepers recently.
Today, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire had been started with a naked flame but it was not possible to say whether it was started as a bonfire for warmth, or by arsonists with the intention of burning the building.
A fire spokesman said: “The fire was caused by the application of a naked flame to materials inside the property.
“We can’t be sure if the fire had spread accidentally. There had been people sleeping rough inside the building so it could have been an intended fire that got out of control.
“The investigation showed the damage by fire to the ground floor was 50 per cent and was 30 per cent to the upper floor.”
The gutted building has been boarded up by Charnwood Borough Council.
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The police investigation into the incident is still ongoing and officers have not yet ruled out any suspicious circumstances. Police said they had informed the man’s next of kin but he had not yet been formally identified.