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Salford house fire: Couple in 80s die in blaze

Edge Fold Crescent Image copyright Google
Image caption The fire took place on Edge Fold Crescent, Salford

A couple, believed to be in their 80s, have died in a house fire.

The man and woman were rescued by firefighters but later died at the scene in Walkden, Salford.

Crews were called to "a severe first-floor fire" at the semi-detached house on Edge Fold Crescent at about 03:50 GMT.

The blaze is not considered to be suspicious but it was "too early to determine a cause", said Ben Levy, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue.

"It's a tragic incident and first and foremost our thoughts are with the families and friends of those involved," he said.

"Crews worked in difficult conditions alongside colleagues from North West Ambulance Service but despite best efforts were unable to save the couple.

"It's too early to determine a cause... at this stage there is nothing which suggests suspicious activity and we are treating the incident as an accident."

Crews have carried out checks on nearby properties, which have been deemed safe.

The police and fire service have launched a joint investigation.

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