Broadheath house fire: Man dies and four critically injured

Scene of fatal house fire in Broadheath
Image caption Two children and two women remain critically ill in hospital following the fire

A man has died and four other people have been critically injured in a house fire in Greater Manchester.

Fire crews were called to Barlow Street, Broadheath, Altrincham, at 04:50 BST.

Firefighters rescued a four-year-old boy. They also found a man, 39, lying unconscious with serious burns. He died soon after arriving at hospital.

An investigation has started but police said they were treating the blaze as suspicious.

Two teenagers, aged 18 and 15, and a 40-year-old woman managed to escape the fire before firefighters arrived.

They, along with the young boy, remain critically ill with serious burns and suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.

Ch Supt Mark Roberts, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This is an extremely serious and tragic incident that has left one person dead and four others critically injured.

"I want to reassure the community that we have a dedicated team of detectives investigating and we are working closely with fire investigators to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident.

"If you have any information that you wish to pass on to police, please speak to one of the extra neighbourhood officers who will be in the area, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously."

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