Woman dies in Denton bungalow fire

Bungalow in Haughton Green, Denton
Image caption The woman was found in the bungalow after the blaze in the early hours

A woman has died in a fire at a bungalow in Greater Manchester.

The 59-year-old was found by firefighters after the blaze had been put out in Denbigh Road, Haughton Green, in the early hours.

A 58-year-old woman who lives in a house nearby also suffered the effects of breathing in smoke.

Police are trying to trace a man who was seen banging on the door of the bungalow and helping a neighbour, but left when emergency services arrived.

The man is said to be in his 20s and lives locally.

Fire 'severe'

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to the bungalow in Haughton Green, Denton, at about 01:25 BST.

The fire had engulfed the property, and was said to be so severe that crews put jets on neighbouring houses to stop it from spreading.

A joint investigation has been launched between the fire service and Greater Manchester Police.

Det Insp John Charlton said: "We are working with our colleagues from the fire service to establish how this fire, which has tragically claimed the life of the occupant, started.

"As part of our investigation we are eager to speak to a man who offered assistance to a neighbour but who left when emergency services arrived. If anyone knows who this person is please get in touch."

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