Investigation launched after three die in Bolton house fire

 

An inquiry is under way after three people died in a house fire.

Two bodies were recovered from the address in Heaton, Bolton, while a woman was taken to hospital but died a short time later from burns.

A joint investigation by Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has been launched to ascertain the cause of the blaze early today.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Just before 2.20am, police were called by the fire service following a blaze at a house on Albert Road West, Heaton, Bolton.

"A woman was taken to hospital but died a short time later of burns.

"Following a search of the house, a further two bodies were discovered.

"The flames have since been extinguished.

"A joint investigation has now been launched between police and fire to establish how the fire started and identify the bodies."

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said three fire crews were sent to the scene of the blaze at the semi-detached house following a call at 2.03am.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, she added.

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