Greater Manchester Police in the UK received a report last Thursday that four Vietnamese nationals were missing and may have been stuck in a fire as workers discovered human remains while demolishing a burnt mill, The Guardian reported on Monday.
The bodies of the four Vietnamese migrants were found on Sunday last week in the burnt-out remains of Bismarck House Mill in Oldham, Greater Manchester, which was destroyed in a fire two months ago, Greater Manchester Police said on Monday.
After receiving the report, local police and demolition workers examined the remains of the mill where they found the bodies of the four.
Authorities previously believed there was no one inside the mill when the fire broke out.
The finding came 10 weeks after a fire at the property in Bismarck House Mill on Bower Street.
Detectives are now working to establish the identities of the deceased as well as the circumstances of the blaze.
“While work is ongoing to confirm the identity of the deceased, we are liaising with partner agencies to ensure potential family members in Vietnam are fully informed and supported,” local police said.
The blaze at the mill broke out on May 7 and took four days to extinguish.
According to Greater Manchester fire and rescue service on May 7, ten fire engines were dispatched to tackle a huge blaze at the mill at 2:15 am that morning, as well as three aerial appliances and additional support vehicles.
"When the fire service arrived at the scene they were met with a very serious fire, a well-developed fire, in the building,” said Leon Parkes, assistant chief fire officer for Greater Manchester fire and rescue service.
“A decision was made at that time not to permit any firefighters into the building for two reasons – firstly, the fire was well-developed and was continuing to grow and, secondly, there was some concern about the structural stability of the building."
Parkes also confirmed that those are the correct procedures that are followed in such situations.
The mill used to house various companies, including a tile shop and a laser game center.
At the time of the incident, the building was closed.