Manchester fire
Fire crews discovered the body of a man after putting out a fire in Manchester city centre on 20 January 2016. Getty

Fire crews in Manchester have discovered the body of a man after putting out a fire in a tent near Manchester city centre. The discovery was made after emergency services were called to tackle a blaze under a railway bridge at around 1.20am GMT this morning (20 January 2016).

The fire broke out at the junction of Irwell Street and Trinity Way, near Salford Central train station. A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman told IBTimes UK that the fire was extinguished and an investigation looking into the cause of the fire was still under way. "We were called at around 1.20 in the morning to Irwell Street, Salford, to reports that a tent was on fire under a railway bridge. We recovered a man's body. We don't know the cause of the fire yet but investigations are ongoing."

Police and fire crews attended the scene next to the New Bailey car park. Nobody else is reported to have been hurt in the incident. All roads around the scene of the fire are open, according to a Manchester Evening News report. Fire crews left the location shortly before 10.00am GMT.

Detective chief inspector Chris Walker has appealed for witnesses to come forward. "We are trying to establish the circumstances surrounding the man's death and the cause of the fire," he said.

"Currently we are investigating all possibilities, nothing is being ruled out at the moment. We are appealing for any members of the community who have seen anything or who have any information about this incident or who know the man's identity to get in touch with police as soon as possible."

Anyone with information should call police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.