Greater Manchester Police are now investigating the death of a man in Salford as murder.
It was on Wednesday 20 January 2016 at around 1.20am, that police were called to Irwell Street in Ordsall, following reports that a tent located under a railway bridge was on fire.
When Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire, a man’s body was discovered in the tent.
The man has been identified as 23-year-old Daniel Smith. Specialist officers are now providing support to his family.
A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded that Daniel died from multiple injuries.
On 21 January 2016, Chief Supt Mary Doyle from Salford said: “Our enquiries over the past 24 hours have found that this man suffered a number of injuries before his body was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday in a tent following a fire, and our thoughts are with Daniel’s family and friends at this terrible time.
“We have been carrying out a joint investigation with the Fire Service to establish the cause of this fire, which is now being treated as a deliberate ignition.
“We believe the answers to our questions about what happened to this man lie in the community, particularly other members of the homeless community who may have been nearby at the time.
Someone must have seen, or heard something, so we are appealing for anyone with even the smallest bit of information to come and tell us what they know.
“This is a tragic situation, and we are working with other agencies to assist the local community. We are determined to find out who is responsible and bring them to justice”.