Mystery surrounded the deaths of a young couple found in an upstairs flat after a fire last night.

The bodies of Michelle Harrison and her partner, both believed to be in their 20s, were found by police in Rastrick, Brighouse, West Yorks, shortly after 6pm on Monday night.

Officers had received a call of concern for welfare.

Firefighters were also called to the scene but the blaze was out by the time they arrived at around 7pm, the Examiner reports.

The property remained cordoned off last night to allow scenes of crime investigators, working alongside fire investigators, to carry out a detailed forensic examination.

Michelle’s brother left a poignant message on his Facebook page.

Michelle Harrison and her partner were found dead in the flat, it is understood

He posted: “For everyone who knew my sister Michelle and her partner we would like to let everyone know as a family we have had a great loss. Once everything is established we will all let you know. We are as astonished and upset as you all.”

He continued: “What an amazing couple the skies have gained. We love you to the moon and back my best friend xxx”

Neighbours have told they were shocked to hear that two people have died in the quiet cul-de-sac.

Michelle’s downstairs neighbour told how her fire alarm went off in the early hours of Saturday morning but someone else saw her on Saturday afternoon at the flat’s window.

The property had Christmas decorations in the window which could still be seen through what appeared to be soot on the window from a fire.

The downstairs neighbour said: “The fire alarm went off at about 3am or 4am.

“I just shouted up to her because I thought she’d left something cooking. It’s happened before where she’s accidentally left something on. I heard her shouting and she’d managed to put it out.

“I couldn’t see anything when I looked outside and it went quiet so I went to bed.

“I didn’t see her after that but my daughter is adamant she saw her at her window on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s awful that I didn’t know there were two deceased people in the flat above me until Monday night.”

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said: “They didn’t bother with anyone. They kept themselves to themselves.

“I’d only said hello to the lad a couple of times. It was her flat and he just stayed with her.

“It’s a shame. Such young lives.”

Resident Danny Dakin, 18, said: “The police knocked on my door and asked if we saw anything but I didn’t know then. It’s shocking that two people have died.

“I’ve never been so close to anything like that.”

Fire crews at a home on Smith Crescent in Rastrick, West Yorkshire

The house where the couple were found

In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called to Smith Crescent in Rastrick around 6pm on Monday December 18 following a concern for safety.

“Officers attended and found the bodies of a woman and man inside.

“A scene remains in place as officers continue their enquiries. At this time, the deaths are being treated as unexplained.”

A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman added: “A fire investigation officer is attending the scene today to look into the circumstances around the fire.”



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