Three children and a woman have died in a fire at a family home in Bolton.
Neighbours have described witnessing desperate attempts to save them.
Andrew Fletcher reports:-
Neighbour Bilal Ali woke up with the noise from the fire and saw smoke billowing out of the terraced house.
He told Granada Reports how he saw the father screaming and crying outside his home but was held back by the flames.
Firefighters in Bolton say a house fire which claimed the lives of three young children and a woman, thought to be their mother, was the most severe they have ever seen.
In a press conference on Rosamund Street, Tony Hunter, the Assistant County Fire Officer for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said the incident was "even more tragic because of the children and family involved."
A man, who is believed to be the children's father, is thought to have jumped from the first floor of the terraced house before trying to fight his way back inside with his bare hands.
The children are all said to have been under 13 years old.
Greater Manchester Police has launched an investigation to find the cause of the blaze but officers are not treating it as suspicious at this stage.
A woman and three children have died following a house fire in Bolton.
Shortly after 9am this morning police were called to reports of a fire at a house on Rosamond Street.
On arrival a man had managed to get out of the house but a woman and three children were still inside.
Following a search by firefighters from GMFRS everyone was rescued out of the property.
A child was pronounced dead at the scene.
A woman and two children were taken to hospital where they died shortly afterwards.
The children include two boys and a girl, all under the age of 13.
The man, who managed to escape, is currently in a stable condition.
Officers remain at the scene and roads in the surrounding area have been closed.
A joint investigation with Manchester Fire and Rescue has been launched to establish the cause of the fire.
These are utterly heart-breaking circumstances and our thoughts go out to anyone affected by this tragic incident.
“This appears to be a family home and we have been working to inform loved ones of this awful loss.
“I know the community will feel the impact of this and I assure you we are working with our colleagues at GMFRS to get to the bottom of what happened, although we are currently not treating it as suspicious.
“This means there will be officers and fire investigators in the area for some time and I would like to thank residents for their patience so far.
“GMP along with GMFRS will be working together to provide assurance to the community over the coming days.
“This happened on a Saturday morning when many people would be up and about and I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to please call us.”
Police and firefighters are at the scene of a serious house fire in Bolton.
A terraced street in the Daubhill area of the town has been completely sealed off.
Firefighters and emergency services were called to a terrace house on Rosamond Street at around 9am this morning.
Police have confirmed it as a ‘serious house fire’ but no further details have been released as yet.
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Both officers have been suspended from their roles in the Tactical Aid Unit since their arrest in February.
Two police officers have been injured after an attack by armed robbers in Greater Manchester.
The officers' van was repeatedly rammed by a Vauxhall Touareg after they went to a petrol station at Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Walden to reports that a robbery was in progress.
One of the four men then got out of the car and began smashing the van with a pick axe before re-joining his accomplices.
They then fled the scene in the 4x4, which was later found on fire on Troutbeck Drive close to the junction with Thirlmere Avenue in Astley.
The officers sustained minor injuries during the attack.
“This was a shocking incident which has left two police officers injured as a result of a senseless attack by a group of violent offenders.
“We are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry this morning however I would like to seek the public’s help to track down those responsible.
“The offenders have managed to gain entry into the petrol station after ramming a side door with their car before going in and stealing a quantity of cash and cigarettes.
“Although this happened in the early hours of the morning, it is possible that people may have seen or heard something given the disturbance that would have been caused by the robbery and subsequent attack on the officers.
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