Police have confirmed that they are not looking for anyone in connection with a suspicious house fire in Bolton in which three people died.

Emergency services were called to the address in Heaton in the early hours of the morning following reports of a fire.

One woman was taken to hospital suffering from burns but died a short while later. Following a search of the house, two more bodies were found.

All three have not been identified.

Police have launched an investigation into how and why the fire started, but have said they are not looking for any else in connection with it.

The source of the fire was believed to have been the kitchen.

Chief Supt Dave Hull, said: "We have launched a joint investigation with the fire service and experts from both agencies will be working together to find out what happened and why.

"I know people, especially in the local community, will be shocked and anxious to find out what has gone on and as soon as we are able to provide further updates we will do so.

"I do not want to second-guess or prejudice the outcome of these investigations but in the interests of absolute transparency I want to make it clear that we are treating these deaths as suspicious and are not looking for anyone in connection with the fire."

Bolton's mayor Colin Shaw, who lives on the street as where the fire broke out, said he was woken by police in the early hours of the morning.

He said: "At that stage we understood it to be one fatality, but I'm absolutely shocked that it's three fatalities.

"Our condolences go to the rest of the family."