Manchester

Boy dies after 'deliberate' house fire in Broadheath

Scene of fatal house fire in Broadheath
Image caption Shaun Van Straaten was critically injured in the fire on Monday morning

A teenage boy has died following a house fire in Greater Manchester which is believed to have been started by his mother's ex-partner, who also died.

Shaun Van Straaten, 15, was critically injured in the fire at the property in Barlow Street, Broadheath on Monday.

His mother and two siblings, four and 18, were also critically injured.

Dave Potts, 39, died shortly after being rescued from the fire. Police said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

Officers are investigating whether Mr Potts set himself on fire.

A post-mortem examination confirmed he died of fire-related injuries, police said.

Shaun suffered burns and the effects of smoke inhalation, a spokesman said.

Ch Supt Mark Roberts, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This is an absolutely tragic case, which has now taken the life of a 15-year-old boy.

"Our thoughts are with Shaun's family at this very sad time and with the families of all of those involved."

He urged anyone with information to contact police. Patrols have been stepped up and people have been urged to speak to them.

Greater Manchester Police said the family was already known to officers due to previous reports of harassment, and its professional standards branch had voluntarily referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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