A WOMAN who died in a flat fire yesterday evening has been named as Louise Adam.

A joint police and fire investigation is now underway into the cause of fire at the flat in Halliwell where a 58-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Emergency crews were mobilised to The Croft, Haydock Street, Halliwell just after 5pm.

The fire broke out in the lounge but the cause of fire and death is subject to the on-going investigation.

Police said there are no suspicious surrounding the death and Bolton coroners office confirmed they have received a file for Ms Adam of Haydock Street this morning ahead of an inquest opening.

Following the fatality, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue will also be carrying out a covid-safe reassurance exercise with nearby residents receiving advice and information by phone or letter on how to keep themselves safe and reduce the risk of fire and serious injury in case of a blaze.

Three fire engines attended the incident and tackled the blaze for two hours.

Some residents were evacuated as firefighters dealt with the incident.

The woman's next-of-kin has been informed

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Police were called at around 5.30pm on Tuesday 12 January to a report of a fire at an address on Haydock Street, Bolton.

“Emergency services attended and sadly a 58-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Her next-of-kin has been informed.

“There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances and a file has been passed to the coroner.

“Anyone with information should call 0161 856 5757 quoting 2083 of 12/01/2021.

“Details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “At around 5.10pm on Tuesday 12 January, three fire engines from Bolton Central and Bolton North fire stations were called to reports of a fire involving a flat in a domestic property on Haydock Street, Bolton.

“Crews arrived quickly at the scene and firefighters wearing breathing extinguished the blaze using one hose reel and a positive pressure ventilation fan. GMFRS crews were in attendance for around two hours.”

Local residents spoke of their shock after hearing the news.

One said: “It is a shock that someone has died, I only found out this morning, it is just very sad.”

Another said: “It is very sad, there were fire crews on the scene, but I don’t know what happened.

“It is just very sad.”