POLICE probing the discovery of a body in a blazing Birmingham scrapyard were today taking in the results of a post-mortem examination.
The grim find was made after fire crews were sent to the breakers yard in Gravelly Lane, Erdington, just before midnight on Tuesday.
The body, believed to be that of a man, was discovered inside one of three cars which were ablaze.
Tucked away behind a row of houses, the land was formerly used for garages but is now owned by car salvage firm Brewers of Erdington.
Stephen Richmond, a manager for the company, said the yard had been targeted by arsonists in the past.
He said: “The police haven’t told us anything. We own the land, it’s registered to the company.
“We don’t know if the person was caught up in the fire or in one of the cars. It’s used as a storage yard but it used to be garages for the houses.”
He said the presence of the police cordon meant no work could be done at the company’s main site, on the opposite side of Gravelly Lane.
“We can’t get a truck in or out. All we can do is answer the phone and hang around.”
A nearby resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I saw the fire engines but I thought somebody must have set something on fire. I didn’t realise somebody had died.
“It’s a horrible thing to happen to somebody. I hope the police find out what happened.”
Detectives were yesterday treating the death as unexplained and a post-mortem examination was due to be carried out on the body last night to reveal a cause of death.
Cordons were set up around the site while forensic examinations took place.
Det Sgt Andy Bradley, of Force CID, said: “We are at the early stages of our inquiry and the death is being treated as unexplained as we try to determine how the person died, and the fire began.
“We are urging anyone with information to speak to us at their earliest opportunity.”
Anyone with information should call force CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.