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Investigations by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service in to the fire at stables are now concluded.

Floral tributes line the wall of the Shorrocks Hill gateway with heartbreaking messages of sympathy from friends and family following last week's tragic events.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson released the following statement earlier today:

“Investigations by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service in to the fire at stables next to Shorrocks Hill Country Club on Lifeboat Lane in Formby are now concluded.

“Due to the extent of fire damage, investigating officers are unable to determine an exact cause of the fire.

“A report will now be prepared for the coroner, ahead of an inquest which will take place in due course.”

Following the post mortem of Andrew Coogan, the cause of death has been withheld pending toxicology and histology. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the Coroner.

Police found Andrew Coogan’s body at the scene after a fire completely burnt down the stable block at Shorrocks Hill in Formby on 25th August.

The fire also killed eight horses leaving the whole of Formby in shock. Andrew Coogan who was 45 years old was a very popular man and well liked by everyone having helped out at the estate for some time. The family of Andrew Coogan, who tragically died in the fire yesterday at Shorrocks Hill, have paid tribute to him.

Mr Coogan's family released this statement earlier today:

"Coogy was loved by his family.

He was a devoted uncle and the only brother of Lisa. Coogy helped so many people along the way and was a pleasure to be around. We will miss him dearly."

A spokesman for the Ascot Property Group, which owns the 50-acre site said: “Everyone at Ascot is absolutely devastated. We know the people who run the stables well. We are all heartbroken for their loss.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3055 or on the 101 number. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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