AN inquiry is under consideration after the killing of a man in a fire at lodgings in East Lancashire.

John Hodge, 74, lost his life as the result of a fire at a property in Burnley Road, Colne, on July 30.

Lancashire Police confirmed that one of their officers was driving past the house, just after midnight, when he spotted the blaze.

An injured man was found outside the house and Mr Hodge’s body was later located by firefighters inside.

The injured man, aged 56, was taken to hospital with burns and the effects of smoke inhalation.

Detectives later arrested a third man, later identified as Carl Salt, 44, also of Burnley Road, originally on suspicion of murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

Court officials have now confirmed that Salt has pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of manslaughter, as well as the arson offence.

He will be sentenced by a judge at Preston Crown Court on February 21.

Mr Hodge and Salt were both registered as living at the address, at 284 Burnley Road, according to electoral records.

The property has also been registered with two different providers, until recently, as offering supported accommodation for up to three people.

Adult safeguarding officials say they have been notified of the circumstances surrounding the death.

Dr Victoria Gibson, business manager for the Lancashire Safeguarding Adult Board (LSAB), said: “I can confirm that the LSAB are aware of the case and will be considering this for a Safeguarding Adult Review.”

The safeguarding review is expected to take place following the criminal proceedings.