Two bodies found following Ecclerigg fireworks blaze

Ecclerigg fireworks blaze Witness Anthony Middleton said fireworks could be seen shooting into the sky

The bodies of a man and a woman have been found following a blaze in a shed containing fireworks.

Police were called to the grounds of a house at Ecclerigg, near Windermere, in the Lake District on Saturday afternoon where a function was being held.

Tourist Anthony Middleton, from Stockport, was at the nearby Brockhole Visitor Centre with his family.

He told BBC Cumbria that as well as flames and smoke, they saw fireworks shooting into the sky.

'Something disastrous'

He said: "The ground was shaking. We looked up and saw exhibition fireworks illuminating the daytime sky.

"That was followed by thick grey smoke and we obviously realised there was a fire nearby.

"Explosions were going off all the time, we could see the fireworks coming out from behind the trees.

"It appeared to us the fireworks had been stored in this wooden building that was on fire.

"We realised something disastrous was taking place. I could almost feel the heat of the fire."

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