Bolton grandfather sets himself on fire after amassing secret loans and credit card debts of £150,000

57-year-old Ibrahim Omar declared dead at the scene

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A grandfather has set himself on fire after amassing debts of £150,000 that he kept secret from his family.

Ibrahim Omar, from Bolton in Greater Manchester, removed sentimental possessions from his home before setting light to himself, an inquest has heard.

He seemingly removed the items, including family photos, and placed them in his daughter’s car in order for them not to be lost in the blaze.

The 57-year-old suffered 95-97 per cent full thickness burning and charring in the fire and was declared dead at the scene.

The former petrol station attendant is thought to have built up debts of £150,000 via credit cards and loans, and had been suffering from depression and difficulty sleeping due to his money worries.

His family, including his wife of 35 years Mehrun and their three children, were unaware of the extent of his debt and depression.

His son, Imran Omar, said: ‘It has been a massive shock to the family and the community. He was a very popular, happy and enthusiastic man. He was a much-loved father and grandfather and will be sadly missed.’

Deputy coroner Alan Walsh recorded a verdict that Mr Omar took his own life while suffering from depression. He said his debts were made for the family's benefit but had escalated out of control.