The body of a 14 year old boy has tragically been found following a barn blaze. Fire fighters were called to tackle a huge fire which broke out on a £2m country estate.
Meanwhile, police issued a missing person’s alert after there was no sign of teenager Louis Simpson following the fire at Fairhurt Hall over the weekend. While they held out hope, emergency services crews said they had to consider the possibility that the schoolboy had been in the barn at the time of the fire.
Now, they have confirmed that a body has been found after the fire was put out. His heartbroken family have now paid tribute to the teenager, describing him as a beautiful boy. Tributes have also flooded in from close friends, including Jamie Carragher, the former England footballer, as his own son was mates with Louis. He wrote that he was devastated to hear of his death, describing him as a cracking footballer and remembering happy holidays the boys had spent together. He added that most of all, Louis was a “great kid”.
Body discovered after search
Lancashire Police have confirmed that a body has been found following a sweeping search of the area of the fire. They said that the body had yet to be formally identified but that they believed it was that of Louis, and had informed his family, who are now being offered support by specially trained police officers.
Currently, an investigation is ongoing into how the fire could have broken out. However, police say they do not believe that it was suspicious.
Louis was a pupil at Merchant Taylor’s School, which issued a statement saying that he was a popular pupil and that everyone was in shock as a result of his death. Counselling will now be offered to pupils and staff, and the school has opened a book of remembrance so the school community can pay its own tribute.