Police and fire officers investigating after two children were rescued from a blaze in Bolton last night. say they are not treating the blaze as arson.
At 6.50pm on Monday 18 June 2012, police were called by the fire service to an address on Longden Street in Halliwell, Bolton, following reports of a fire.
Officers attended and found that fire officers had rescued a three-year-old boy from an upstairs room in the address.
A one-year-old girl had been rescued from inside the address before the fire service arrived. She suffered minor injuries.
The boy suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. He remains in a critical condition
A joint investigation is being conducted by Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the fire.
Detective Inspector Denise Pye, based at Bolton, said: “It is understandable that this fire has caused some upset in the community because two young children are hurt, one of them very seriously.
“At this moment our priority is to support the family and our thoughts remain with the injured little boy.
“The fire is not believed to be deliberate, however, we are investigating the circumstances leading up to the fire.
“The investigation is in a relatively early stage so it would be extremely unhelpful for people to speculate on exactly what has happened.
“There are officers in the community now so if anyone has any concerns then they are available to speak to.”