Woman dies with burns in hospital after she was seen ‘on fire’ as three men arrested

Police at the scene of the suspected murder in Bury, Greater Manchester (Image: PA)

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Three men have been arrested following the suspected murder of a woman who died after suffering severe burns.

A shaken witness said she heard the woman's screams before seeing her "on fire" and "gasping for breath" on a pavement outside homes in Bury, Greater Manchester, at about 7.30pm on Friday.

Witnesses used pillows and cushions to try to extinguish the flames, and wrapped a wet duvet around the woman, who had burns all over her body, until paramedics arrived.

Greater Manchester Police said it had launched a murder investigation after the 31-year-old woman was found "badly burned" at an address in Bury

She was taken to hospital, where she died a short time later despite efforts to save her.

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Flowers were left by mourners at a police cordon near to where the woman was found
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Three men, aged 24, 26 and 34, have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in police custody for questioning, a GMP spokesperson said.

Officers aren't looking for anyone else and it is being treated as an "isolated" incident, the force added.

Mourners left bouquets of flowers at a police cordon on Saturday.

Shaista Farzeen, 33, was among those who gathered to pay respects.

Ms Farzeen, from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, said she was visiting family for Eid when they heard screams outside in the street.

She said: "I have never seen anything like it. This woman was on fire.

"We all came running out and she was there sat there on the pavement.

"She was gasping for breath. Her hair was singed. There was no part of her body that wasn't burnt.

"People used pillows and cushions to try and douse the fire and we wrapped a wet duvet around her until the ambulance came. I was in shock."

A witness says the woman was "on fire" on the pavement as neighbours rushed to help
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A police statement said: “Police were called just after 7.30pm on Friday July 23 to reports a woman had been badly burned at an address on East Street in Bury.

“Emergency services attended, and found a 31-year-old woman had suffered severe burns, and was taken to hospital. Sadly, despite emergency staff’s best efforts, she died a short time later.

“Three men aged 34, 24 and 26 have been arrested in connection with the incident, and remain in custody for questioning. Police aren’t looking for anyone else in connection with it.

Mourners left bouquets of flowers at a police cordon on Saturday
(Image: Adam Vaughan)

“GMP, alongside fire investigators, are now working to establish the circumstances around what happened.”

Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Clegg, from the major incidents team, said: “This is a truly devastating incident, in which a woman has tragically lost her life.

“I would like to reassure the public that we believe this is an isolated incident, and there will be an increased emergency services presence in the area as we work to establish the full circumstances surrounding this death.

"If you have any questions, feel free to talk to one of our officers who would be happy to share information.

“Although we have made arrests, our investigation is still in its early stages, and we’re following a number of lines of inquiry. If you, or anyone you know has any information that might help us, please get in touch as soon as possible.

“You can reach us on LiveChat on our website, www.gmp.police.uk, or call 0161 856 7386 quoting log number 2802 of 23/07/21. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Thank you.”

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