Woman, 91, dies in Manchester flat fire

A 91-year-old woman has been found dead in a fire at a flat in Manchester.

Fire crews were called to the fourth-floor flat at Ashfield Lodge, Palatine Road, Didsbury, at 00:23 GMT.

A 47-year-old woman had escaped from the five-storey building and firefighters said they were told an elderly woman was still inside.

They found the woman in the bedroom, where the fire is thought to have started, but she died at the scene, Manchester Fire Service said.

An investigation has begun into how the fire started, but it is not being treated as suspicious.

Watch manager Steve Jordan, from Withington Fire Station, said: "One woman had managed to rescue herself and had suffered burns while trying to rescue the elderly lady.

"The fire had started in the bedroom and it wasn't a particularly large fire but it appeared to have been smouldering away and unfortunately, due to there being no working smoke alarms in the property, the fire had gone unnoticed for some time."

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