A catastrophic house fire has killed a woman and three children.

Emergency services were called to reports of the blaze in the Daubhill area of the Bolton around 9am this morning. A man managed to escape the property but a female victim and two boys and a girl, all aged under 13, lost their lives.

One of the youngsters was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman and two other children died later in hospital. Police and the fire service have begun an investigation to establish the cause of the blaze. Several roads remain closed and the public are being urged to stay away from the area.