Man left in ‘crit­i­cal’ con­di­tion af­ter fire rips through house


A MAN is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hospi­tal fol­low­ing a fire at a house in Rochdale.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to Kirklee Road in Castleton, just be­fore 8am on Mon­day.

Po­lice say a sec­ond man, who is in his 20s, man­aged to es­cape the flames by jump­ing from an up­stairs win­dow.

He too was taken to hospi­tal, how­ever his in­juries are not thought to be life-threat­en­ing.

Pho­tos from the scene show heavy fire dam­age to the front door and up­stairs win­dow of the end ter­race prop­erty.

The air am­bu­lance was also sent and is un­der­stood to have landed at nearby Castleton Pri­mary School.

GMP con­firmed that a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been launched along­side Greater Manch­ester Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

The spokesman added that ear­lier re­ports of a man be­ing seen close to the scene with a knife are be­ing treated as linked, how­ever en­quiries are on­go­ing and no knife has been re­cov­ered.

GMP said in a state­ment: “Po­lice were called by the fire ser­vice shortly be­fore 8am this morn­ing, Oc­to­ber 29, to a re­port of a man on fire at a prop­erty on Kirklee Road, Rochdale. A man in his 50s was taken to hospi­tal, where he re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

“A sec­ond man, aged in his 20s, es­caped the prop­erty from an up­stairs win­dow.

“He was taken to hospi­tal with non-lifethreat­en­ing in­juries.

“The prop­erty suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant fire dam­age.

“Po­lice have launched a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of the fire along­side Greater Manch­ester Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.”

They added that they were not look­ing for any­one else in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

A fire ser­vice spokesman added: “We were called at 7.50am to re­ports of a house fire in Kirklee Road, Rochdale. Four fire en­gines from Rochdale, Hey­wood, Chad­der­ton and Old­ham were called to the in­ci­dent.

“They used six breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and three hose reels to ex­tin­guish the fire.

“Four ca­su­al­ties self-res­cued, two of whom were taken to hospi­tal by NWAS. Crews are cur­rently damp­ing down the fire, and the in­ci­dent is on­go­ing.”

●●The he­li­copter landed nearby

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