Manchester Road fatal house fire latest
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- A 43-year-old man has died in a house fire in Manchester Road.
- Firefighters rescued the man from inside the house after they were called at about 6pm last night, but he later died in hospital.
- Neighbours said the terraced house was vacant but that somebody had been squatting inside.
- The downstairs area of the house, where the fire is understood to have started, has been destroyed, while there is severe smoke damage to the upstairs.
- The man was found collapsed in a bedroom upstairs.
- He was showing no signs of life when firefighters rescued him and he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards in hospital.
- The house is opposite Orlando Bridge, next door to Foster's hair salon in Manchester Road, near Lever Grove.
- Police, who remain at the scene this morning, are yet to confirm the identity of the man.
In a latest update from police, the man's body has still not been formally identified.
Investigations are still being carried out, but the cause of the fire remains unknown.
If the police give any update on the incident, we will let you know as soon as have it.
More comments from our facebook page where people are expressing their sympathy towards the man who died last night...
Sue Horrocks: "I always thought it was an empty house, so this could have been a homeless person, RIP."
Rebecca Young: "The poor man. Rip"
Vera Yorke: "How very sad ,. and if homeless ,must have just wanted to be warm , poor soul."
The latest news coming in from Greater Manchester Police is that investigations are still ongoing to try and find out both the identity of the dead man and the cause of the fire.
We will let you know any news as soon as we have it.
I have just spoken to Leon Blears, who lives in the property next to where the man died.
Mr Blears, aged 27 said he had met the man once and believed he was from St Helens, but did not know his name.
He added: "I met him once and he said he was from St Helens and was just visiting Bolton, I don't know how he ended up squatting in the house next to mine.
"The I heard the fire engines and loads of smoke was coming into my house, when they brought someone out on the stretcher I could see it was him."
Mr Blears said he has not returned to his rented property because of safety fears and has been unable to reach his landlord.
This is the view from the back of the house.
The front door of the house where the fire occured last night.
Electricity North West are now at the scene in Manchester Road and we have been told they are cutting off the electricity supply as a precaution.
We are about to head back to the scene and will be continuing to update you with any developments as the investigation continues.
Also a quick update on the condition of the two firefighters who were checked over for heat exhaustion after first entering the house.
Mr Guffogg said: "The lads are fine, the checks were just precautionary because we could see how hard they had been working.
He added that one of the fireman was from the Bolton crew whilst the other was from elsewhere.
Mr Guffogg has informed me that a meeting between the fire investigation team and the police was scheduled for 10am this morning at Bolton Central police station in Scholey Street.
He said: "They will work out a plan for today and I would expect them to be inside the house within the hour.
"This will be a police lead investigation and they will first have to figure out if it is a crime scene.
"Hopefully more details should follow."
Just spoken to Wayne Guffogg, the fire service incident commander from last night.
Updates to follow
Others have been reacting on twitter..
Got a feeling Manchester Road is going to be busy. RIP to the man who died in the house fire. #Bolton— Shauna Leanne Cook.. (@Shauna_Leannee) January 30, 2014
Tributes have been pouring in for the dead man on The Bolton News Facebook page.
Tammy Englebert said: "Rip hope they find his next of kin."
Biyi Ogunewu said: "may he rest peacefully.Amen."
Rhona Sharples said: "Poor man RIP ! Well done to the two who went in to get him out . So brave x"
Two firefighters were first into the house and their efforts left them struck down with heat exhaustion.
They were praised by station manager Wayne Guffogg.
He said: "Smoke was billowing out when members of the public called in.
"It was going well when we arrived and the blunt nature of the heat was intense.
"The two firefighters who entered the property initially and pulled the male casualty out did a great job in very difficult conditions.
"They had to be treated for heat exhaustion which shows how severe this was."
We have just received an official statement from Greater Manchester Police, here it is...
"Just before 7pm on Wednesday 29 January 2014, police were called to a house on Manchester Road in Bolton following reports of a fire.
Officers attended and found a 43-year-old man had been pulled from the house by firefighters. However, the man sustained serious injuries as a result of the fire and was later pronounced dead.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and a joint investigation is underway with the North West Fire and Rescue Service to establish both the cause of the man's death and the fire.
Inquiries are ongoing."
All three emergency services were on the scene
Here are some of the pictures from the scene last night
Our reporter Jeremy Culley broke the story last night, find more details here...
We believe that a man living next door to the house in question saw the smoke and called the emergency services, we have not yet been able to contact him but a fellow neighbour said:
"I spoke to the guy who lives nextdoor, he said that he knew the man who has died and that he was a squatter.
"He saw the smoke and called 999."
People living near to the scene of the fire have been reacting to the news that a man has died.
David Bootle, aged 53 lives nearby, he said: "I just saw a lot of smoke last night and heard the fire engines but I didn't know that anyone had died.
"I thought the place was empty but it sounds like someone was squatting there, I think what has happened is awful, perhaps he was just trying to keep warm.
"People have to live somewhere, there are not enough houses, it's terrible what is what is going on."
This is the scene at the house this morning, a cordon is in place and police have remained at the scene.
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