Manchester

Two bodies discovered in Salford shed fire

Two bodies have been discovered by firefighters tackling a blaze at a derelict shed in Salford, Greater Manchester.

The badly burned corpses were discovered by crews responding to an emergency call at about 0550 BST in Higher Broughton.

Police said that it had been impossible to determine the sex or age of the dead.

The wooden shed off Griffin Street was completely destroyed by the blaze.

A joint fire and police investigation is under way to establish the cause of the fire.

'Sleeping rough'

Det Ch Insp Bill McGreavy said: "The investigation into this tragic incident is still at a very early stage.

"We are now appealing for the public's help as, at this stage, we do not know how the fire started or who the victims are.

"There is a suggestion that they had been had been sleeping rough in the shed.

"If anyone knows who they were, or how long they had been staying there, then I would urge you to get in touch.

"At this stage we cannot categorically say if the fire was started maliciously or not and the cause will be jointly investigated by ourselves and the fire brigade."

Griffin Street, at its junction with Lower Broughton Road, has been closed and motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

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