Firefighter dies tackling blaze
A firefighter has died and three others are missing after a suspected arson attack at a warehouse in Warwickshire.
The crew member's body was recovered during the blaze at the vegetable packing plant in Atherstone on Stour, near Stratford-upon-Avon.
The fire, on Atherstone Industrial Estate, started at 1845 GMT on Friday.
Hopes were fading for the fate of the missing firefighters and union leaders said the incident may be the worst loss of life for more than 30 years.
Andy Dark, assistant general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), told BBC News the potential loss of four lives would make the incident the worst loss of life among its members since 1972. It is believed that warehouse staff were in the building when fire broke out and Mr Dark said crews would have been sent in if they thought more civilians may be inside.
He said: "If there is any doubt in the mind of the firefighting crews, and particularly the officers in charge of those crews, that there may be a risk to life in that building they will commit crews where they believe it is safe to do so.
"That is primarily what we are - our core and primary function is to save life and to rescue."
[From BBC.com Saturday, 3 November 2007. Link to story]