A PENSIONER left a pan of food unattended after he went shopping.
The 73-year-old returned to his mid-terraced home in Stanley Street, Atherton, at 5.40pm on Wednesday, to find the kitchen was alight.
He entered the house, but when he realised the extent of the fire, quickly left and called the fire service.
Crews used a hose reel and two breathing apparatus.
The blaze destroyed the kitchen.