Man dies in Manchester after 'chip pan' fire at flat

Fire scene, Gorton
Image caption The fire broke out in a flat over an empty shop

A man has died after a fire suspected to have been caused by a chip pan broke out at a flat in Manchester.

The man's relatives, who were visiting, called for help after seeing the fire in the first floor flat, above an empty shop, at about 18:30 BST on Friday.

Station commander Paul Etches, from Greater Manchester Fire Service, said the man, aged 29, had died at the scene in Reddish Lane, Gorton.

"The lack of a working smoke alarm has clearly had a major impact," he said.

"It was a tragic circumstance, the family had gone to visit the gentleman and raised the alarm.

"It's more than likely a chip pan that has been left unattended.

He added: "There are no suspicious circumstances and it does appear to be a tragic accident."

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