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Update: Wedding fire deaths investigated

It should have been a perfect day for a newly married couple. But their wedding celebrations on the shores of Windermere at the weekend ended with two people dying in a firework accident.

The man and woman who died are believed to be technicians for a professional fireworks company hired for the party at the groom's house. They were killed when a huge explosion happened in a shed where the fireworks were being stored. Tim Backshall has more:

'Almighty explosions and fireworks going off'

Police are working to formally identify the victims of a fatal fire in the Lake District.

A man and a women died when a shed containing fireworks exploded in Ecclerigg near Windermere on Saturday afternoon. Cumbria Police and Fire Brigade have started a joint investigation.

Eyewitnesses say they heard a series of loud blasts and realised something was wrong:

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Investigations continue into fire deaths

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances of a fire which killed two people in Windermere.

Police were called at 3.35pm, to Ecclerigg, after a shed containing fireworks was on fire. A vehicle near to the shed was also damaged by the blaze.

Two bodies, believed to be a male and female, were found.

Police are working closely with the fire service, HSE, and Trading Standards to investigate the circumstances that led to the fire.

EXCLUSIVE footage shows fatal Windermere blaze

Footage showing a fatal fire in Windermere has emerged.

It was filmed by eye witness Anthony Middleton on his mobile phone. Mr Middleton was in the area on holiday with his family.

Police believe fireworks went off inside a shed and that a man and a woman were killed in the ensuing blaze.

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Eye witness Anthony Middleton filmed the fire with his mobile phone. Credit: Anthony Middleton

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Eye witness describes "earth-shaking" explosion in Windermere

An eye witness has described the moment he heard an "earth-shaking" explosion in Ecclerigg near Winderemere.

The ensuing blaze went on to kill a man and a woman, Cumbria Police have said. It is thought that fireworks went off while inside a shed.

Anthony Middleton, from Stockport, saw the blaze and filmed it on his mobile phone. He was on holiday in the area with his family at the time.

Speaking to ITV News Border, he said: "We heard this almighty explosion and the best way to describe that would be a series of earth-shaking cannons going off."

We heard this almighty explosion and the best way to describe that would be a series of earth-shaking cannons going off. We then looked up and saw these exhibition-style fireworks illuminating the sky, which was unusual given that it was a lovely day. We then saw thick, grey smoke bellowing from behind the trees and that's when we knew something was going badly wrong."

– Anthony Middleton, eye witness

Fire broke out in two outbuildings

A fire which led to the deaths of two people in Windermere on Saturday afternoon broke out in two outbuildings.

Four fire engines were called to a house in Ecclerigg, near Windermere.

"Firefighters were called to deal with a serious fire involving two adjacent outbuildings in the grounds of a large house in Ecclerigg, Near Windermere, with reports that people might be inside the premises.

"Four fire engines from Windermere, Ambleside, Staverley and Coniston were sent to the scene and crews found a well developed fire involving the two outbuildings.

"Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets and compressed air foam to bring the fire under control. Two crews remained at the scene damping down."

– Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
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