Crime scene investigators and forensics officers are working to discover the cause of a fire in Bury last night, Monday.

Firefighters from Whitefield and Bury fire stations were called to Parkhills Road, just outside the town centre, at around 8.15pm. 

The blaze was centred in the front room of a end terrace house and crew members put out the flames and no injuries were reported.

From the outside of the property, it is clear that the large downstairs front window has been smashed following the incident.   

The house has been cordoned off and crime scene investigators, forensics officers and fire service staff have teamed up to determine the cause of the fire.

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One resident said: “We arrived home when the road was taped off as we missed the actual incident.

“There was a funny smell, but we didn’t know what had happened at first.

“It looked really serious and there were crowds of people on the street.

“Police were turning cars away and asking people to go home.”

Crew manager Geoff Wild, of Bury Fire Station, said: "It was a house fire in the front room of a terraced house.

"Four people using breathing apparatus were sent in.

"Three fire engines were there and police were there.

"Everybody got out safely before we arrived. The neighbours evacuated before fire service got there too.

"We brought the fire under control fairly quickly, the fire stayed in the front room."

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He added: "It is not yet believed to be deliberate, but we can't rule it out. We arrived at around 8.15pm and were there until around 11.30pm.

"Police have stayed there throughout the night and the fire investigation team are going to be looking at it this morning.

"We also had to shut the road."

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Greater Manchester Police has confirmed officers attended but the force is unable confirm if the fire was deliberate or not as of yet. 

No arrests have been reported.

If you have any information contact police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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