Two dead and five hurt in Manchester house fire – BBC News

Two dead and five hurt in Manchester house fire – BBC News

Image caption Four children are being treated in hospital after the fire in Withington

A man and a woman have died and five people have been injured in a blaze at a house in Manchester.

Four children, aged between 10 and 17, and a man are being treated in hospital after fire crews were called at 02:20 GMT.

The man is in a serious condition, while the conditions of three girls and a boy are not known.

A neighbour said he had heard people at the property in Parsonage Road, Withington screaming for help.

Mike Parr said he called 999 after he was woken by the fire, adding: “There was a huge amount of black smoke coming out of the house, quite a lot of flames.”

Image caption A neighbour called 999 after hearing shouts for help

Formal identification of the bodies and post-mortem examinations are yet to take place, Greater Manchester Police said.

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Officers are investigating the cause of the blaze in conjunction with the fire service.

Det Insp Tony Lea said: “My thoughts are with the family of the man and woman after such a tragic incident and we have specially-trained officers supporting the family at this time.”

Image caption Fire crews attended the scene in the early hours of Friday

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