THE cause of a serious house fire in Failsworth which resulted in a man and a woman being taken to hospital is under investigation.

Drama unfolded in Stansfield Road at 10.45pm on Saturday night, when the woman dropped from a first-floor window to escape smoke and flames.

The man also escaped as crews from Chadderton, Hollins and Oldham raced to the scene.

It is understood neighbours and a teenager helped the couple get out of the blazing semi-detached house.

Stansfield Road and nearby Roman Road were closed while the blaze was being dealt with.

The couple were taken to hospital by ambulance.