Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that at around 12:20 am this morning (28 August 2019), emergency services were called to Goldenhill Avenue to reports of arson.
Witnesses reported seeing two men attempting to break into a property on the street before pouring an accelerant inside and setting the kitchen on fire.
The offenders then fled the scene before the arrival of the police.
Two officers from GMP’s City of Manchester Division responded to the 999 call and upon arrival were told that two women, aged 88 and 91, were inside the property.
Knowing they needed to act fast before the fire spread, the officers managed to gain entry to the house and extinguish the fire in the kitchen before leading the two women to safety.
The women were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation but are expected to be discharged later today.
A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and remains in custody for questioning.
A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said:
“GMFRS were called a fire on Goldenhill Avenue, Manchester on 28 August, 2019, at 12.22am.
“Three fire engines attended the incident, from one from Philips Park and two from Gorton.
“Firefighters wearing four breathing apparatus rescued two people from the property and used two hose reels and a positive pressure ventilation fan to extinguish the fire.
“Crews are still in attendance.”
Chief Inspector Denise Pye, of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said:
“Earlier today, we received a report of arson at a property in Clayton, and on arrival, two of our officers forced entry after being told that two elderly women were inside.
“The officers led them to safety, and the women were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
“Thanks to their heroic actions, the two women are expected to be discharged from hospital later today and will hopefully make a full recovery.
“However had these officers not responded so swiftly and reacted the way they did, this could have been much worse.
“I want to appeal to anyone who may have information about the incident or those responsible to please contact police.”
A North West Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:
“We were called at 12.21am this morning to Goldenhill Avenue.
“We sent two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle. We took two people to hospital.”
Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 3101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.