Three dead in Bolton house fire

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

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Police identify house fire victim

House where 3 people died in a fire. Credit: ITV Granada

Police have identified a woman who was among three people who died after a fire in Bolton.The fire broke out in the early hours of the 9th of December at a house on Albert Road West, Heaton.

74-year-old Dolleh Joseph was found in an upstairs bedroom and died later in hospital.

A post mortem examination to establish the cause of death has taken place. Police are treating the deaths as suspicious.

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Fire investigation "likely to last several days"

The middle-aged couple living at the house were named locally as Hassan and Mona Rafie. It is thought they were Iranian and that an elderly relative may have been staying with them.

From our initial assessment of the scene we can't easily establish a non-suspicious cause.

"We are not presently looking for anyone in connection with the inquiry but the investigation could change tack if we get new information.

"The people in the house are not known to the police in any significant or relevant way."

– Chief Superintendent Dave Hull, Greater Manchester Police

Neighbour, Maria Taylor, 48, said she was woken by the sound of fire engines and then heard smashing glass as firefighters broke in to gain access to the property.

There were some flames initially and then a lot of smoke coming from the kitchen area. It was going up the stairwell, up to the landing.

"An ambulance then arrived and a body was brought out. They were doing CPR on the person in the garden at the front. The fire was put out pretty quickly."

– Maria Taylor, neighbour

Police treating Bolton fire as "suspicious" but are not looking for anybody else in connection with the incident

Police are treating the deaths of three people at a house fire in Bolton as suspicious.

The victims have not yet been formally identified.

A joint Greater Manchester Police and Fire Service investigation is now underway.

Detectives say they not looking for anyone in connection with the incident.

Three people have tragically lost their lives and our thoughts are with their loved ones at this time.

“I do not want to second guess or prejudice the outcome of these investigations but in the interests of absolute transparency want to make it clear that we are treating these deaths as suspicious and are not looking for anyone in connection with the fire at this time.

“There will be extra officers in the area and I would ask local residents to come and speak to us if they have any information or concerns.”

– Chief Superintendent Dave Hull, Greater Manchester Police

Anyone with information can phone police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

We have launched a joint investigation with the fire service and experts from both agencies will be working together to find out what happened and why.

“I know people, especially in the local community, will be shocked and anxious to find out what has gone on and as soon as we are able to provide further updates we will do so."

– Chief Superintendent Dave Hull, Greater Manchester Police

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Three dead after house fire in Bolton

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 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 fire was put out but its cause is not yet known, she added.

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."

– Greater Manchester Fire Service
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