Manchester guest house fire: John McHale named as victim

Fire, Audenshaw
Image caption John McHale was pulled from the block of flats by firefighters

A man who died in a fire at a guest house in Manchester has been named.

John McHale, 57, was pulled from the block of flats in Audenshaw by firefighters but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Smoke was seen coming from the top of the three-storey property in Manchester Road at 16:00 GMT on Saturday.

Other residents safely escaped after a sprinkler system was activated. Police and the fire service are investigating the cause of the blaze.

A post-mortem examination has taken place and further tests need to be carried out to establish the cause of death, police said.

Det Insp Richard Ennis, of Tameside Police, said: "Firstly, our thoughts go out to John's family who are being supported by specially-trained officers at this sad time.

"This is a tragedy and we are determined to find out exactly what happened and why.

"We are treating John McHale's death as suspicious and are keeping an open mind about the circumstances leading up to his death."

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