Body found in burnt out building

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Police are investigating after an elderly man was found dead following a house in Newton.

The grim discovery was made at around 8.40pm at an address in Holford Way.

Firefighters took around an hour to tackle the fire, such was the intensity of the blaze.

Dean Bolton, group manager at Merseyside Fire and Rescue, said: “Firefighters were quickly on scene and extinguished a fire in a ground floor room. Sadly, the body of an elderly man was found by firefighters inside the property.

“An investigation is taking place into the cause of the fire and this is ongoing and continued on Monday, December 15.”

The cause of the fire is not thought to be suspicious at this time.

A police spokesman said: “At this time the man’s death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem is to be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.”