Birmingham & Black Country

Second body found in burned-out buildings in Birmingham

A second body has been found at the scene of a fire at a disused care home in Birmingham believed to be frequented by squatters.

Crews were called in the early hours to Moseley Road in Highgate, where a body was discovered.

A second body was then discovered at about 1600 BST, a spokesman added.

A 23-year-old man suffered minor burns and is in a stable condition in hospital. A 48-year-old man has been released after treatment, police said.

Police said they were keeping an open mind about the cause of the fire in two boarded-up buildings.

Both bodies have yet to be identified, the spokesman added.

Abdul Hayy, a local businessman, said he was aware that several men and a woman, possibly Polish, had squatted in the building.

Nigel Sowden, from West Midlands Fire Service, said people relying on such primitive living conditions can pose safety concerns.

Specialist fire investigators remain at the scene and officers are talking to residents as CCTV footage from nearby cameras is checked.

Roads closed

Ch Insp Sean Russell, from West Midlands Police, said: "This was an incredibly severe fire which has sadly now claimed its second victim.

"At this stage we are keeping an open mind as to its cause and our officers continue to work closely with the fire service, victims and local people to piece together all the facts."

He urged anyone with information to contact police.

An ambulance service spokesman said a man in his 20s was outside the property when they arrived and as fire crews searched the property, they found a man sleeping at the rear of the building.

Firefighters went in and got the man out uninjured before finding the first body later on.

"Unfortunately, it was immediately obvious that there was nothing that could be done to save them and death was confirmed at the scene," the ambulance spokesman added.

Roads around the area were closed on Tuesday.