A man and woman were treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a bungalow in Wigan in the early hours of Sunday.

Firefighters were called to Elm Avenue in Standish just after midnight.

At the height of the blaze neighbouring properties were advised to keep their doors and windows closed as around 20 firefighters battled to extinguish the flames.

The fire started in the loft and spread next door.

Pictures from the scene show a large hole in the roof of the bungalow.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze has been launched.

Crews and police remain on the scene on Sunday morning.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: "Just after midnight, in the early hours of Sunday, April 18, four fire engines from Wigan, Hindley and Horwich fire stations were called to reports of a fire at a bungalow on Elm Avenue in Standish, Wigan.

"One fire engine from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service also attended the incident in support of GMFRS crews.

A hole in the roof of the bungalow

"Crews arrived quickly at the scene, and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using three hose reels worked hard to extinguish the fire, which involved the loft of the bungalow and which had spread to a neighbouring property.

"A man and a woman were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation by colleagues from North West Ambulance Service.

"Firefighters remain in attendance this morning alongside colleagues from Greater Manchester Police.

"An investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the fire."