The terrified woman was found gagged by firefighters in her burning home
The victim, whose mouth had been taped over, was able to climb out onto the bay window roof of her home where neighbours spotted her and attempted a rescue.
The unnamed woman was rescued from the burning home in Longsight, Manchester by firefighters who were called by the neighbours.
The woman has told detectives three men, one of whom was armed with a knife, burst into her house on Sunday evening before demanding cash.
The woman said three men burst into her home demanding cash
The men bound her mouth with tape, then started a fire and fled, leaving her trapped inside, Greater Manchester police said.
Neighbours, who went out into the street when they smelt smoke, saw the woman and rushed to get ladders to help her.
Crews went into the house and doused the flames before police began investigating.
Police said that is remain unclear whether the men stole anything from the house
The woman was tended to my paramedics and taken to hospital as a precaution.
We are keen to hear from anyone who might have seen anything unusual in the area
Superintendent Dave Pester
She was left badly shaken but uninjured and is now staying with relatives.
The front door of the terraced house was boarded up as officers searched inside.
A first floor window was left badly charred by the flames.
Police have appealed to locals for information of any unusual behaviour
It is still unclear whether the men took anything from the house or how badly the fire damaged the property.
Superintendent Dave Pester of Greater Manchester police, said: “A dedicated team of detectives are committed to this investigation to find out what happened.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who might have seen anything unusual in the area. This was a terrifying experience for the victim and our specialist officers are supporting her.
“I would like to reassure the community that an incident of this nature is highly unusual and we are doing all that we can to get to the bottom of it.”