Police probe fatal factory fire

By Ben Bouckley

- Last updated on GMT

Police probe fatal factory fire
Police are investigating the cause of a food factory fire in the Scottish Borders that left a 37-year-old man dead.

Around 60 firefighters attended a blaze at the Wicken Fen vegetarian food factory in Duns at around 11.15pm on Sunday June 19.

Eight firefighters wearing breathing equipment, using hoses and a turntable ladder as a water tower were required to extinguish the fire.

The victim has been named locally as company employee Brian Newton, and a spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said:

"Tragically there was one male fatality at the scene. The fire was finally brought under control at 5am today. An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way."

A police spokesman said there was nothing to suggest suspicious circumstances, although enquiries were at an early stage: 'Tragically, this fire has resulted in a fatality and we are now investigating along with Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue to establish the events that led to a man's death.

“Anyone with information that can assist with the investigation is asked to contact police immediately.”

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