Police are investigating after a fire broke out in a flat.

Three fire engines attended the incident at a second-floor flat in Sefton Court, School Hill, shortly after 1am on Friday morning.

Crews from Bolton North and Bolton Central fire stations were on scene for over 90 minutes.,

Nearby resident Sue Green helped a woman who was evacuated from a flat in the same building by giving them her dressing gown.

She said: "I went out at about 2am and they'd mostly put out the fire at that point.

"There was a girl from one of the flats there in her pyjamas with a little Jack Russel, she'd not even had time to grab a dog lead before running out.

"When she came out she said it was full of smoke inside, she brought my dressing gown back at around 3am when she could go back inside, she must have been freezing."

Crews extinguished the fire using breathing apparatus and one hose reel. They also used positive pressure ventilation systems to clear the smoke, and two windows from the flat were wide open for most of today.

Police investigators were spotted outside the Bolton at Home property on Friday morning, although the cause of the fire is not yet known.

Paul Taylor, Bolton at Home’s director of technical services, said: “We were alerted to a fire in a property at Sefton Court, School Hill, in the early hours of Friday morning and we attended the scene with police and fire service officers.

"The fire did not spread to the neighbouring flats and people were able to re-enter their homes shortly after.

“We re-visited the property today to make sure it’s safe and secure.

"We will carry out a full inspection to assess the extent of the damage inside the flat and identify the repairs needed.”

North West Ambulance Service confirmed that they had been called to the incident, sending a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance.

They treated one patient for smoke inhalation before taking them to Royal Bolton Hospital.

Greater Manchester Police have been approached for comment.