Four charged over fatal house fire

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Police still appealing for information year on from tragedy

OFFICERS investigating a fatal fire in Bolton have charged four people with witness intimidation.

Simon Buckley, 23, of Tonge Moor Road, Bolton, Tracey Peers-Holland, 25, of Hawthorn Road, Bolton, a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl will appear at Bolton Magistrates’ Court next month.

A 14-year-old boy and 22-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of murder have been released without charge.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the blaze that claimed the life of a four-year-old girl and her grandmother in June 2008.

Four-year-old Alana Mian and her grandmother 71-year-old Hameeda Begum died in the fire on Little Holme Walk.

Four people were inside the house at the time of the blaze: Hameeda, her husband Mumtaz, her 24-year-old daughter Saima and four-year-old granddaughter Alana.

The occupants were rescued from the house by firefighters, but Hameeda later died in hospital. Alana died a number of weeks later on 1 August 2008.

Alana’s mother, Saima, and firefighter Steve Morris, were also seriously hurt but have since been released from hospital. Steve is still recovering from his injuries at home.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team said they “remain committed to finding who is responsible for the tragedy.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the major incident team on 0161 856 2197 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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