A MAN cheated death after a suspected arson attack on his Wigan flat.
The victim – thought to be in his twenties – was in the home above Abram Pharmacy, in Warrington Road, at 12.45am on Sunday when he was alerted by a smoke alarm and saw the front bedroom was on fire.
He quickly fled the burning building and the emergency services were called.
It is believed he was a tenant of the property.
Firefighters from Wigan and Hindley used two breathing apparatus and a hose reel to extinguish the flames,
The fire destroyed the bedroom and caused smoke damage to the rest of the flat.
Fire officers are still investigating the cause of the blaze and the police were informed, as they are not ruling out arson.
Crew Commander Craig Cubbins, of Hindley Fire Service, said: “The man seemed OK – he was alerted by a smoke alarm and got out as quickly as he could, which is what we recommend to do.
“The fire was contained to the bedroom, which was destroyed.”
The owner of the flat was called and was today assessing the damage.
A spokesman from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “There is still an ongoing investigation.
“The cause is still unknown, but we are looking at it potentially being suspicious.”
A spokesman from Greater Manchester Police said: “At around 12.50am on Sunday, police were called to an address on Warrington Road, Abram, following reports of a fire.
“A man was treated for smoke inhalation and inquiries are ongoing.”
The pharmacy was unaffected by the drama and was open for business as usual.