TWO people died in a stolen car which exploded in flames as it crashed into a number of parked cars.
Police were called to reports of an aggravated burglary at a house in Farnworth, near Bolton, at about 8.25pm yesterday.
A red Audi car was stolen in the raid and was then spotted by a passing police car travelling on the opposite carriageway of the A580 East Lancashire Road.
The Audi then went out of sight of the police car and 10 minutes later police were informed the Audi had hit a number of parked cars in Boothstown, Salford.
Officers attended along with firefighters from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service as the blazes were brought under control.
The driver and the passenger of the stolen car were pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other reported casualties.
Nine cars and four houses were damaged in the incident, said Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
Assistant Chief Constable Zoe Sheard said: “We are still in the very early stages of our inquiries to establish exactly what happened, so it is important we do not speculate.
“Two people have died as a result of this collision and our focus is now on identifying who those people are and informing their families.
“I completely understand that residents living on Leigh Road will be absolutely shocked and upset to see the aftermath of this collision and the damage caused to a number of people’s homes.