As police search for a boy who was missing since a fire broke out at a barn in Parbold, his body was later found inside the building.
The police have been searching for a missing 14-year-old boy, Louis Simpson, since a fire broke out at a barn at Fairhurt Hall in Parbold on Sunday.
Tributes to Louis
A statement was made from Louis’ school, Merchant Taylors’ in Liverpool, saying: “Louis was a popular boy and known to many of our pupils.
“Our school community is in deep shock and we will be providing the appropriate support, advice and counselling for pupils, staff and parents over the coming days and weeks.” The school also made a book of remembrance for him.
Jamie Carragher wrote on Instagram: “Absolutely devastated as a family about the news today about Louis, remember a cracking footballer for the school, holidaying with the family in Ibiza & staying over for his & James’s birthday. Most of all a great kid.
“R.I.P son you’ll never be forgotten x.”
Police found his body in the bard on Monday evening.
A police spokesman said: “After an extensive search of the area, a body was recovered from the barn (on Monday). While yet to be formally identified, the body is sadly believed to be Louis.
“Louis’ family have been informed this morning and they are being supported by specially trained officers. Our thoughts are with them at this time. A post mortem examination will be taking place later.”
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Police say that there appears to be no suspicious circumstances. Dept Supt Neil Ashton said that there appeared to be a group of friends “playing in a rural setting” before the fire started.