12/10/2009

House Blaze Deaths 'Suspicious'

The recovery of two bodies from a house fire at the weekend is being probed by police.

They said on Saturday that they are treating as "suspicious" the deaths of a man and a woman in a burning house.

The Fire took place at a house in Farnworth, Bolton and the pair, in their 50s, were found to have suffered injuries "inconsistent with fire-related injuries", said Greater Manchester Police.

Officers were called to the house on Darley Avenue, Farnworth, following reports of a fire shortly after 5.15pm on Friday.
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A man was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital, where he died. A woman had died at the scene.

A joint investigation has been launched by the Fire Service and Greater Manchester Police.

Police said: "The deaths are being treated as suspicious at this stage and a team of detectives are currently working to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident."

Police are appealing for information from anyone who might have information about the incident, or the occupants of the house.

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Shenton said: "We are continuing to seek the extended families of those who we believe to be the occupants of the house."

(BMcC/GK)

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