A criminal investigation has been launched after a body was found in a restaurant in Bolton following a fire.
Human remains were discovered during a search of the Lime Tree Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant on Bolton Road in Farnworth, Bolton, on 2 December.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service had been called at approximately 1pm on Monday 27 November due to reports of a fire.
It is believed the fire started on the first floor of the building, which may have been used as a cannabis farm, according to early reports.
Detective chief inspector Andrew Naismith of GMP Major Incident Team said: "Work is ongoing to identify the deceased and we are committed to ensuring the potential family members are fully supported and informed of updates in this investigation.
"The loss of life is a tragedy and I understand the upset this news will cause in the local community. I can assure you on behalf of the investigation team that we are determined to get to the bottom of what has occurred and establish the circumstances surrounding the fire.
He added: "I can confirm this fire is being treated as suspicious and if there is any criminal responsibility, it will be brought to light and dealt with appropriately. We are particularly interested to hear from anyone who knows how this building was being used in the lead up to 27 November 2023.
"I would also like to appeal to anyone with information about the fire itself – including if you have any footage (such as CCTV, mobile or dashcam) – to contact GMP's Major Incident Team."
Meanwhile, the Lime Tree Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant had posted on Facebook: "We deeply regret and sorry to announce to you that our restaurant is closed down due to the fire incident that happened yesterday [27 November].
"We hope you have seen the news online. Until further notice from the respected authorities we will remain closed. Please contact us through the restaurant email if we have made any commitments to you. We will try our best resolve the matter as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconveniences caused."
A police report can be made by calling 0161 856 1995 quoting log number 1485 of 27/11/2023 or through the reporting function on GMP's website.
This can also be done anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.