Smoke pouring from window alerted resident to fire in her home

Firefighters spent two-and-a-half hours at the house

A bedroom was badly damaged when a blaze broke out in a house this afternoon.

A woman saw smoke coming from a window when she returned to her semi-detached home on Hillcrest Avenue, Westleigh, at around 3.30pm.

She discovered the fire and called the emergency services.

Firefighters from Leigh, Hindley and Atherton stations attended and spent two-and-a-half hours tackling the blaze and removing debris.

The bedroom was seriously damaged by the fire while other parts of the house were smoke-damaged.

Howard Denton, watch manager at Leigh fire station, said the probable cause of the blaze was smoking materials.

Crews gave fire safety advice to the woman and her neighbours.

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