AN ARSON probe has been launched after a fire broke out at a ground floor flat in the early hours of today, Tuesday.

Three fire engines were sent to a flat on Richmond Drive in Leigh at around 12.10am where crews extinguished the flames.

Firefighters were in attendance for around 90 minutes and used two hose reels, a positive pressure ventilation fan and a scot-protégé gas detector to put the fire out.

Police were informed about the incident at around 12.25am and a 23-year-old woman was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing arson with intent to endanger life.

She remains in custody for questioning.

No one-was injured in the incident.

A joint investigation between police and the fire service is ongoing.

If you have any information contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.