BREAKING NEWS: Boston, Lincolnshire: Five Men Killed By Mystery Explosion On Industrial Estate: UPDATED

14 Jul

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Five Die After Mystery Explosion In Lincs

Five men have been killed on an industrial estate in Lincolnshire after the unit they were in was hit by a mysterious explosion.

Emergency services were called to the Broadfield Lane Industrial Estate in Boston at 7.20pm last night after the single explosion appeared to kill the men instantaneously.

A sixth man was found nearby and was seriously injured.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue area manager Steve Moore said: “The first crews arrived and found a very, very hot fire and one casualty outside the building suffering from burns.”

“The initial reaction of that crew was to treat that casualty. The second crew arrived and began fire fighting.

“It was a very hot, very intensive fire, so much so that the steel roller-shutters were buckled.”

A total of six fire units were sent following several emergency calls, and thick black smoke was seen coming from the estate.

 Hydraulic rescue equipment was needed to cut a way into the building and once the flames were out, six fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the premises and found the victims.

Sky’s East of England correspondent Emma Birchley, reporting from the scene, said: “Neither police nor fire crews would speculate about the cause of the incident.”

Talk amongst locals, however, was of immigrants running an illegal distillery in the industrial estate that housed at least eight units.

Ian Nuttall, who lives 200 yards from the area, said: “It is quite well known that those kind of people are carrying out vodka operations and such like.

“I saw a lot make and people running around and wondered what was going on, when we heard that there was an explosion.”

Lincolnshire Police press officer Nerys McGarry, said: “There will be a full forensic examination of the unit.

 “It is not a large unit but it will be initially a fingertip search throughout the building looking at everything that is there and all the products and goods that are in that building to see what caused the explosion.”

The seriously injured survivor was first taken to Boston Pilgrim Hospital and later transferred to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

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Five men have been killed after a huge fireball ripped through an industrial building, which police said was apparently being used to produce alcohol illegally.

Firefighters found the victims inside a building in Broadfield Lane Industrial Estate, Boston, Lincolnshire, after an explosion heard up to five miles away.

One man was seen running from the industrial unit with his clothing on fire. Police said a sixth man who survived the blaze suffered 75% burns and was receiving surgery.

Lincolnshire Police superintendent Keith Owen said searches had revealed evidence that supports rumours that the victims may have been illegally producing spirits.

He said: “What I can confirm is that we have found chemicals on the premises which tend to indicate either the manufacture or production of alcohol.”

 The fire service said the intensity of the fire and the fact it lasted for a short period of time would suggest there was “some form of accelerant”.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue area manager Steve Moore said: “It was a very hot, very intensive fire, so much so that the steel roller-shutters were buckled.”

Several neighbours made frantic 999 calls as thick, black smoke was seen rising from the scene after 7pm on Wednesday.

Firefighters had to cut through the 30ft by 15ft building with special equipment before finding the five bodies inside.

 Ian Nuttall, who lives 200 yards from the area, said: “It is quite well known that those kind of people are carrying out vodka operations and such like.”

Earlier this year, raids by HM Revenue and Customs, police and Lincolnshire trading standards seized goods including fake vodka from six international stores in the town.

HMRC said forensic testing of the counterfeit alcohol, seized in March, showed it contained chemicals often unsafe for public consumption.

Detectives are refusing to be drawn on the identities of the dead men, including their ages and nationalities.

Cases of large-scale brewing and distilling operations in the UK are rare but not unheard of.

In June a counterfeit wine scam was uncovered after a piece of chewing gum was found in a bottle of rose bought at a Liverpool off-licence.

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