An increasingly frantic search is taking place in a bid to find a 14 year old boy after a huge fire broke out at a barn on a £2m country estate.
Fire crews have been battling the fire at Fairhurst Hall, Ormiskirk, Merseyside, for hours while police officers have called for any information about the whereabouts of teenager Louis Simpson, who has not been found following the blaze.
Police are now calling on anyone who might know where Louis is to get in touch. They have already launched an appeal on social media to try to find the youngster following the blaze.
Chorley Road, close to the scene of the fire has been shut off because of smoke billowing from the fire. Police are urging motorists not to come close to the area.
Five fire engines
Four fire engines from the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have been sent to tackle the blaze, along with a further fire engine from Greater Manchester.
Police say they are worried that the teenager, who was last seen in the area of the barn before the blaze broke out could have been inside. Firefighters say that they were concerned someone may have been inside the barn when the fire started. They also said that the fact the property had asbestos inside complicated their fire fighting operation.
It is not known exactly how the blaze broke out but an investigation is expected to be officially launched into the cause of the fire. According to historical information, Fairhurst Hall was built in the 18th century, although it has been adapted on a number of occasions.
The barn at the bottom of its drive is said to have been converted into a second home, with a separate owner. However, currently it is not clear if this is the barn which is on fire.