An 81-year-old woman had to be rescued from her flat by firefighters.
The incident happened just after at about 12.30am today at a flat at Aldbrough House, Brook Street, York after a tea towel caught fire in a metal bin.
The fire quickly smoke-logged the flat.
The woman was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. A fire service spokesman said the cause of the fire was believed to have been smoking materials.