Detectives investigating the death of man in a Derby fire release mobile phone footage of the blaze

Posted on 8th November 2013

Detectives investigating the death of a man in a derelict building in Derby have released mobile phone footage of the blaze as part of a renewed appeal for information.

Jaroslaw Wieczorek (26) was found dead inside the former factory on Great Northern Road on (Tuesday, October 8) by fire fighters.

Officers have released the footage on the one month anniversary of the fire in a bid to encourage people to come forward with information.

They would like to speak to anyone who took photographs or videos of the fire and the surrounding area.

They are also keen to trace to a man who was seen sat on some steps behind the building between 11am and noon on the day of the fire.

The man, who asked a passer-by for a cigarette, is described as white, in his late 40s, around six feet tall, of slim build, with shaven grey hair and stubble with grey patches. His appearance is described as dishevelled.

He was wearing dark coloured clothing and spoke with a local accent.

Officers would also like to identify three young boys seen throwing stones near the building the day before the fire, between 3pm and 4pm. They were around 12-years-old and riding BMX bikes. Two are white and one is Asian.

These young people are not in trouble and officers would like to speak to them to help build a picture of events leading up to the fire.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Healey, who is leading the investigation, said: “This remains a large and active inquiry and we have a number of officers working to find the person or people responsible for the fire.

“We are keen to speak to witnesses and anyone who may have taken pictures or videos on their mobile phones to contact police.

“Any information about the fire and who may be responsible, regardless of how insignificant it may seem, may be of use to us.”

A 39-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the fire remains on police bail.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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