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Police and fire services are tonight investigating a horrific blaze
at a house in Manchester, that left two dead and five others,
It s not yet known how the fire started but police say
From Withington, here's our chief reporter Dave Guest.
The charred remains of the family home bear testament to the ferocity
of the fire that swept through here this morning.
I woke up because I heard a woman screaming and a popping.
I've had a house fire myself before and it was the windows
I looked out and I saw the fire and it was absolutely massive.
The actual flames were coming out of the window.
They were coming out of the front door as well
One neighbour who didn't want to appear on camera told me
that he and others in the area had done their best to help.
He described seeing the children jump one by one
Firefighters rescued a man found unconscious on the stairs.
The revived him before he was sent off to hospital.
Sadly, two others, a man and woman, were beyond saving.
We believe the fire started on the ground
Exactly where within that room we don't know.
Any idea at this stage what caused the fire?
The scene is under investigation with Fire Service investigators
working alongside colleagues from Greater Manchester Police.
Throughout the day forensic teams have been in and out
of the property searching for clues as to what exactly
Are you treating this as a crime scene or the scene
At the moment we are keeping an open mind in terms of the investigation.
We won't be saying it's not a crime scene, we won't be saying it's
How are the four children in hospital?
As you can imagine they have gone through a terrible tragic ordeal.
They are receiving support from specialist trained officers.
It seems that the neighbours in this area pulled together
and did their best to help this family to get them out.
I would like to play specific tribute to the help they have given.
Without that I'm sure the people who are currently receiving
treatment in hospital would have received far more serious injuries.
Tonight the police appealed for anyone who might have seen
anything in the moments leading up to the fire to come forward and help
A woman from Lancashire is believed to be the first British woman
to travel to Syria to fight the so-called Islamic State.
Kimberley Taylor, who grew up in Darwen, says she's ready
Kimmie, as she's known, has joined an all-female Kurdish
unit and has recently moved to fight on the frontline near the IS
Her parents, who now live in Merseyside, say
This is Kimberly Taylor speaking Kurdish in a public relations
Kimmie, as she is known, joined the all-female
Only this morning, according to a Facebook entry,
A short time ago she spoke to a BBC reporter.
I have seen the conditions of people living in Africa and the women
in Africa as well that have suffered because of war.
So I promised myself after I went to Iraq and Kurdistan that
Kimberly Taylor, a maths graduate, is believed to be the first British
We have seen UK citizens, male citizens, go over there before
and unfortunately a couple have died while fighting with
So it's not been unusual for UK citizens to go but this is the first
When she joined the fighting force she told family and friends:
Kimberly Taylor's parents who live in Merseyside would not
speak on camera today, but told us they are proud
She says she is willing to give her life in the fight
Liverpool Football Club has banned Sun newspaper journalists
The move is over the way the publication covered
The decision to ban Sun reporters from matches at Anfield and press
conferences at Melwood comes after discussions between
the campaign group Total Eclipse of the Sun and club officials.
The Sun have confirmed the move saying it's bad for fans
and bad for football, insisting it won't affect
A section of the M53 in Wirral has reopened after being closed
for almost 24 hours, following the discovery of a body
on the central reservation between junctions two and three.
Detectives say they believe there'd been a road accident in the area
An 87-year-old man has died in hospital after the lift
he was using collapsed at a care home in Greater Manchester.
It happened last week at the Serendipity Care Home in Urmston.
The Police and Health and Safety Executive
In the Super League tonight, Leigh returned to action
Ryan Hampshire here getting Leigh off the mark
In tonight's other game, Widnes lost 28-16 at home to Huddersfield.
And chaniging codes, in rugby union's Premiership,
That's it from me. Let's get the weather forecast.
After a very cold day today we are heading towards a weekend
which will at times offer us some wintry showers and the cold theme
The air still coming towards us from the continent.
We've got this little feature that works its way through on Saturday
and that could leave a covering of snow in places.
We have a yellow Met Office warning, it is the lowest level,
and really it's for areas close to the Pennines, but just
about anywhere will see a flake of snow floating by.
To be honest with you, some places are seeing them now.
There have been one or two as we have gone
They are just starting to get a little bit more widespread
But we're not expecting any problems.
Yes, there might be a light dusting over the highest level routes
but the significant thing for most of us is there is a lot of cloud
cover and the temperatures are very low again.
We are talking about zero to -1C for your towns and cities,
rurally a few degrees colder than that.
It's a grey start for many places tomorrow and here comes that line
Highest level routes will see the worst but just about anywhere
And it's cold under all of the gloom.
But the outlook shows that by Monday brighter skies come through.
need as long as possible to recover. That number eight is on the bench
and he could make a really