Man found dead in car after War Office Road fire

Date published: 07 August 2013

A 57-year-old man has been found dead in his car the day after he was located safe and away from a fire last Tuesday (30 July) in Rochdale.

The man was reported missing on Tuesday morning and was suspected to be amongst the rubble after the fire on War Office Road.

He was found to be safe later that afternoon but the morning after (Wednesday 31 July) police officers were called to Green Lane in Heywood to reports of a concern for welfare.

Officers attended and found the body of a 57-year-old man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and the details have been passed to the coroner.

Shortly before 5.15am on Tuesday 30 July 2013, emergency services were called to properties on War Office Road in Bamford to reports of an explosion.

The four properties have extensive damage as a result of the fire and part of the flats will be demolished and made safe.

Two of the occupants were taken to hospital for treatment, a 36-year-old man received treatment for a broken arm, burns to his body and smoke inhalation. His injuries are not life threatening.

A 63-year-old man received treatment for burns to his upper arms and shoulder and a 74-year-old woman escaped unharmed from the fire, but has been left shocked by the incident.

Detectives have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire and are looking at whether the two incidents are connected.

Chief Inspector Andrew Aston from Rochdale division, said: “We have launched an investigation into the cause of the explosion which has left three people without a home.

“My officers and I are taking this extremely seriously, if you have any information about the incident, I would urge you to contact us as soon as possible.”

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