AN elderly woman in Timperley had a lucky escape when a heroic mystery window cleaner dialled 999 after noticing a fire inside her flat.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the 94-year-old was ‘lucky’ to escape after a blaze engulfed the Mayfair Court property in Park Road.

Fifteen firefighters and three fire engines from Stretford, Sale and Wythenshawe were dispatched to the address at 10.23am this morning, Tuesday, December 16.

Cover jets were used inside and outside the property to bring the blaze under control, which was well developed on arrival of the emergency services.

A GMFRS spokesman said: “The fire had started in the bedroom. It has left quite bad fire damage and the rest of the property is smoke damaged.

“A window cleaner happened to see smoke and flames through the window and called 999.

“While he was on the phone, the smoke alarm triggered and the woman managed to get out of the flat herself.

“She had a lucky escape.”

The woman was treated for minor smoke inhalation but did not require hospital treatment.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

The fire service has put her survival down to a working smoke alarm and the quick-thinking actions of the mystery window cleaner, who they have been unable to trace.

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