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Withington house fire

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 10 February 2017

GMP release - issued 5.15pm, Monday, February 13, 2017

Officers investigating a fatal house fire in Withington have determined there are no suspicious circumstances.

Emergency services were called to Parsonage Road shortly before 2.30am on Friday 10 February 2017, to reports of a house fire.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) extinguished the fire.

Three girls and one boy aged between 10 and 17 and a man were taken to hospital. They all remain in hospital in a stable condition.

A man and woman, who have since been formally identified as 56-year-old Mohammed Awad and 47-year-old Hasma Awad, sadly died at the scene.

Following a joint investigation with GMFRS, officers are not treating the fire as suspicious.

Detective Inspector Tony Lea of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “Although the investigation has concluded that there are no suspicious circumstances, we are still working closely with GMFRS and other agencies to determine the root cause of the fire.

“Once again I’d like to thank those members of the public who truly demonstrated community spirit by coming to the aid of those in the early hours that morning.

“Their noble actions have had a huge impact both on these peoples’ lives and the investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 140 of 10/02/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

Updated 11.45am, Friday, February 10, 2017 - Investigation into cause of fatal house fire is underway

A MAN and a woman have sadly lost their lives following an early morning fire in Withington, which also left five other people in hospital.

Firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) joined colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service from around 2.30am this morning (Friday, February 10, 2017) after a fire broke out in a house in Parsonage Road.

Four fire engines went to the address and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using hose reels.

Three girls and one boy aged between 10 and 17 were taken to hospital, where they are being treated for their injuries. A man was also taken to hospital and he remains in a serious condition.

Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “It is with great sadness that we hear of the loss of two lives following a house fire in Manchester early this morning. Our thoughts are with the family members of the man and woman at this awful time.

“Our firefighters did a great job in tackling the house fire, which was well alight when they arrived, so praise must go to them for dealing with this difficult and extremely sad incident.

“Fire investigators are now working with the police to establish the cause of the blaze and are likely to remain in the area over the weekend.”

Superintendent Mark Kenny of GMP 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.

“We are continuing to work closely with GMFRS to establish exactly how this fire started and I urge anyone who may have witnessed the fire, or anyone in the area in the hours before the fire.

“If you have any information at all contact police as soon as possible so we can piece together what happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 140 10/02/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

GMP release - issued at 10.45am, Friday, February 10, 2017

A man and a woman have died in a house fire in Withington.

Emergency services were called to Parsonage Road shortly before 2.30am this morning, Friday 10 February 2017, to a report of a house fire. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) extinguished the fire.

A man and a woman sadly died at the scene. Their next-of-kin have been informed but formal identification and post-mortems are yet to take place.

Three girls and one boy aged between 10 and 17 were taken to hospital where they are being treated for their injuries.

A man was also taken to hospital and he remains in a serious condition.

A joint investigation with GMFRS has been launched to establish the cause of the fire.

Superintendent Mark Kenny of GMP 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.

“We are continuing to work closely with GMFRS to establish exactly how this fire started and I urge anyone who may have witnessed the fire, or anyone in the area in the hours before the fire.

“If you have any information at all contact police as soon as possible so we can piece together what happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 140 10/02/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

GMP release - issued 8am, Friday, February 10, 2017 - Firefighters called to house fire in Withington

Police are investigating a house fire in Withington.

Emergency services were called to Parsonage Road shortly before 2.30am this morning, Friday 10 February 2017, to a report of a house fire. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) extinguished the fire.

Three girls and one boy aged between 10 and 17 were taken to hospital where they are being treated for their injuries.

A man was also taken to hospital and he remains in a serious condition.

A joint investigation with GMFRS has been launched to establish the cause of the fire.

Superintendent Mark Kenny of GMP said: “This is a tragic incident and we are working work closely with GMFRS to establish exactly how this fire started.

“We want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the fire, or were in the area in the hours before the fire.

“If you have any information I urge you to contact police as soon as possible so we can piece together what happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 140 10/02/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

Updated 7am, Friday, February 10, 2017

FIREFIGHTERS have this morning (Friday, February 10, 2017) dealt with a house fire in Withington.

A 999 call was made to North West Fire Control at 2.21am to report the fire involving a house in Parsonage Road.

Four fire engines went to the address and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using hose reels.

Five people have been taken to hospital following the fire - a man (age unknown) and four children, aged between 10 and 17.

Police and ambulance colleagues also attended the incident.

As of around 5am one fire engine has remained at the incident.

The cause of the fire is due to be investigated later on today jointly with Greater Manchester Police.

Last update: 13/02/2017 17:19:29
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