A woman has been left critically ill after a blaze at a house in Colne, despite the heroic efforts of her next door neighbour.
Three fire engines from Nelson and Colne attended the burning property in Boundary Street after being called out at 10-22pm last night to reports that someone was still inside the building.
The woman, named locally as Sharon Ryan, was rescued by neighbour Matthew Dutton (19) and was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital with severe burns.
Firefighters gave her oxygen therapy at the scene before she was taken to hospital.
A hose reel was used to extinguish the fire and firefighters also used breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera. It is not yet known what caused the blaze but an investigation has been launched.
, who lives next door with his partner Lydia Hunt and their two children, rescued Sharon from the house.
He said: “We just heard shouting ‘Matthew, Matthew. Lydia Lydia. Help, help, help!’ I ran outside and kicked the door down. I ran straight through and just grabbed Sharon and dragged her out. She was badly burned.
“The fire started in the front room but she was over the sink in the kitchen when I went in.
“I didn’t really think about it, I wasn’t scared, I just went in to get her.
“I brought her into our house at first and we put a blanket over her and then the paramedics took over.
“I’m fine, just a bit shook up and I didn’t sleep last night with thinking about it all. It was awful. Everybody is just praying she pulls through.”
Writing on Facebook, her friend Mark Bradshaw posted: “Please say a prayer for my dearest friend Sharon who is critically ill on a life support following a fire at her home in Colne last night, I am absolutely devastated.”