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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Body found following city blaze
A body has been found at the scene of a huge fire in a city centre.

Fire crews were called in the early hours to tackle a severe blaze at the old Hamilton Reed building in Black Horse Lane, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

At its height about 40 firefighters were tackling the fire and there was concern for some people who were known to frequent the disused building.

Police said a man in his mid-20s has been arrested over the incident. The building is badly damaged.

'Searching the debris'

A fire service spokesman said it may now be sealed off as a crime scene.

Kelvin Knapper, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, said: "We are waiting for demolition contractors to remove what is left of the roof so we can work underneath it, searching through the debris."

Fire crews had been called out to a fire at the building on Tuesday evening where one man was found unconscious on the first-floor and taken to hospital.

In a separate incident, four people have been taken to hospital following a house fire in Meyer Street.


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