Woman seriously ill after Rochdale fire

An elderly woman is in a life-threatening condition after a fire in a kitchen at a house in Rochdale.

Firefighters rescued the woman after being called to the house on Moorpark Avenue just before 7.30 this morning.

One of the woman's relatives raised the alarm after hearing a smoke alarm.

“We were met by one of the lady’s relatives, who had heard a smoke alarm sounding, entered the property and then called us.

“The fire was confined to the kitchen of the house and wasn’t intense, but the property was heavily smoke logged when we arrived. We found an elderly lady unconscious at the top of the stairs.

“We rescued her from the fire, gave her oxygen and carried out CPR until the ambulance arrived. She was taken to Fairfield General Hospital.”

– Tom Hague, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service

An investigation is now underway to work out what caused the blaze.