Pensioner dies in house blaze

A JOINT fire and police investigation has been launched following a house fire that claimed the life of a Wigan man.

The 72-year-old was trapped in a first floor bedroom of a property on Rectory Lane, Standish, at just before 7pm on Friday May 1.

Rectory Lane, Standish

Rectory Lane, Standish

Fire crews from Wigan and Hindley managed to rescue the pensioner and he received treatment for severe smoke inhalation from paramedics at the scene.

He later died in hospital, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “An investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the blaze and we will be working alongside colleagues from GMP, who were also in attendance.

“Three fire crews had initially been called to Rectory Lane at 6.56pm to reports of a fire where a man was trapped in a first floor bedroom.”

Although too early to confirm a cause of the fire, a spokesman for GMP said residents would be reassured to know the incident is not being treated as an attack, arson or similar crime.