Three children and their mother have died following a house fire.
A male who we believe to be the father of the children involved was outside the property, who had jumped from the first floor, had made his way to the ground floor and was fighting with his fists to try and get back into the property.
The neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "I was just in bed and I heard a noise".
Desperate images from the scene show despondent firefighters, visibly upset by the heartbreaking incident.
A WOMAN and three children have sadly died after a fire broke out at a house in Bolton this morning. Officers and firefighters are at the scene along with firefighters and paramedics.
Det Chf Insp Chris Bridge of GMP Bolton, called the incident "heart-breaking" and said: "This appears to be a family home and we have been working to inform loved ones of this terrible loss".
A residential street in the Daubhill area of the town has been completely sealed off by police as firefighters were seen investigating the fire-damaged terrace house.
"This appears to be a family home and we have been working to inform loved ones of this terrible loss".
"I know the community will feel the impact of this and I assure you we are working with our colleagues at GMFRS to get to the bottom of what happened, although we are now not treating it as suspicious". I saw them bringing people out.
"This means there will be officers and fire investigators in the area for some time and I would like to thank residents for their patience so far".
The resident said she was alerted to a "commotion" and saw a man banging on the door of a terraced house.
"I went to the window and saw smoke billowing.
This happened on a Saturday morning when many people would be up and about and I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to please call us".
'GMP along with GMFRS will be working together to provide assurance to the community over the coming days. "My thoughts are with the family, their friends and the whole community".
Manchester Fire and Rescue tweeted: "Our deepest condolences go to the family and the community".