House fire Wigan: man in his 50s dies in Newstead Road blaze

Firefighters brought the man out of the house in Newstead Road but sadly he did not survive.

Fire investigators and police forensics teams are still at the scene of a fatal house fire in Wigan.

Emergency services including fire crews from Wigan, Hindley and Skelmersdale, attended the semi-detached house in Newstead Road, Goose Green, at 4am on Saturday (23 July) and found a large fire had taken hold.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered to extinguish the flames using two hose reels and bring the occupant , a man believed to be in his 50s, out.

However, the man was pronounced dead when he was taken to hospital.

Substantial damage was caused to the semi-detached home in Newstead Road, Goose Green

Photos from our sister title Wigan Today show the rooms on the upper floor were badly damaged, with window panes shattered and visible smoke damage.

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A neighbour said he had never seen such a fast and huge response from the emergency services before.

Fire investigators remained at the scene looking for evidence as to the cause on Sunday morning.

What has the fire service said?

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “Fire crews and fire investigation officers remain at the scene and an investigation to determine the cause of the fire is under way.

“That needs to be conducted and we would not want to speculate on the cause until it is complete.”

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Firefighters remain at the scene of the fatal fire in Newstead Road, Goose Green

Greater Manchester Police previously asked that anyone with information about the incident should contact police via gmp.police.uk quoting 549 23/07/22

Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.