Bismark House Mill: third set of human remains discovered after Oldham blaze

Police believe four Vietnamese people may have been in the mill when the fire broke out.

Greater Manchester police probing a mill fire have confirmed they have found a third person’s remains.

A fire ripped through Bismark House Mill, in Bower Street, Oldham, on 7 May - but it was not until 23 July that demolition contractors discovered human remains inside.

Police believe four Vietnamese nationals, who were reported missing to GMP on Thursday 21 July 2022, may have been inside.

And today (4 August), they confirmed a third set of remains have been discovered.

What have police said?

Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, GMP’s Victim Identification lead, said: “I speak on behalf of all involved in this operation when I say that our thoughts are with the potential family members in Vietnam. Specially-trained officers have been in direct contact with them and continue to liaise with partner agencies to ensure they are fully updated and supported.

“At the scene, extensive search and recovery work continues to ensure any further remains are respectfully recovered. Meanwhile, the investigation team is following several lines of enquiry relating to the fire and activities at the mill beforehand. Any criminal offences identified as part of their investigation will be progressed immediately and appropriately.

“Anyone with information which may assist us should contact Greater Manchester Police or Crimestoppers, anonymously.”

  • Anyone with information should contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or international callers can contact GMP on +441618725050. Information can also be submitted in English or Vietnamese via the Major Incident Public Portal: Public Portal (mipp.police.uk). Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.