Hero worker still missing after apocalyptic UK factory blaze presumed dead

Tributes have flooded in for a worker who police presume died in a massive "apocalyptic" blaze at a plastics factory.

An explosion that locals said sounded "like bombs going off" was heard as the inferno erupted at Leeson Polyurethenes Ltd in Leamington Spa on August 27.

The Warwickshire company describes itself as the leading innovators and manufacturers of polyurethane adhesives and coatings.

Supt Mike Smith, of Warwickshire Police, said at the time that all but one person had been accounted for.

That person can now be named as Dave Boswell, 52, who was a worker at the factory.

His parents, Christine and John Boswell, said that he will be "sorely missed".

The fire, which sent terrifying black clouds into the sky before debris crashed back to the ground, could be seen across the West Midlands.

The "toxic smoke" is said to have made people sick in the streets. The ensuing explosion was heard for miles around.

The damage the fire and explosion caused meant that the site couldn't be searched immediately. Safety investigators have to this point been unable to gain access, and police have named Mr Boswell after their hopes of finding him faded.

Detective Superintendent Jon Marsden, from Warwickshire Police said: “Due to unstable chemicals and several hotspots in the building, until now it has been unsafe for search teams to enter the site."

He added that the site was handed over to police on Monday and that specialist officers are still supporting Mr Boswell's family.

Dave's partner, Carol Fureed, said: "It is with great sadness to announce the loss of my soulmate of 26 years.

"Dave used to brighten anyone that was feeling down with his jokes.

"He always knew how to have a good laugh. He had a heart of gold and lived for his family, friends and his passion for fishing.

"Hope you catch the big one in heaven Dave, until we meet again, love you forever.”

His brother, Andy Boswell said: “To my brother Dave. Thank you for all the laughs we had.

"There was never a dull moment with you around, with your jokes and your unique way of looking at things.

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"Until we meet again, tight lines.”

Close friend Ryan Hissey said Mr Boswell was a "huge character" who "left an impression on everybody he met".

Colleagues also paid tribute, including Ben Curie who said Mr Boswell was "someone I could look up to, an inspiration and a hero at work".

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