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Three schoolboys arrested over Cadbury arson attack

Northfield Manor House
Northfield Manor House Credit: ITV Central

Three schoolboys have been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire which destroyed the former home of the Cadbury family in Birmingham.

Northfield Manor House was torched in an arson attack on Wednesday night.

The boys aged 12, 14 and 15 were questioned yesterday evening and have now been released on bail.

Investigation into arson attack on former Cadbury home

The Northfield Manor House building
The Northfield Manor House building Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton

Investigations are continuing into a fire at the former home of the Cadbury family in Birmingham.

The Northfield Manor House building was destroyed in an arson attack.

At its height, up to 100 firefighters tackled the blaze which started on Wednesday night.

The Grade II listed building is the former home of the Cadbury family
The Grade II listed building is the former home of the Cadbury family Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton
It took 12 fire crews to bring the blaze under control
It took 12 fire crews to bring the blaze under control Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton

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'Children had been using Cadbury manor as playground'

Firefighters have confirmed children appear to have been using the empty manor house as a playground.

The former home of the Cadbury family was destroyed by fire last night, and investigations are underway to determine how it started - it is thought to have been arson.

Steve Husbands from West Midlands Fire Service says they had received a call to attend the property just 24 hours before, with reports of children leaving the area.

UoB Vice-Principal 'saddened' by damage to Cadbury house

The Vice-Principal of the University of Birmingham says he, and many others at the university are 'saddened' by the damage to the Cadbury Manor House, which was destroyed by fire last.

The university owns the site.

We are deeply saddened that the historic Manor House, which the University bought from the Cadbury family in 1953, has been severely damaged by last night's fire.

We are extremely grateful to the Fire Service and others who worked tirelessly to get the fire under control, make the area safe, and ensure no one was injured.

The Manor House was used by the University as a student residence until 2007. It was awaiting planning approval from the City Council to be sensitively converted into flats as part of a wider redevelopment of the site.

The site, including the Manor House, was boarded up to prevent access and the University employed an external security company to provide 24/7 monitoring of the site.

The University retains its desire to keep the structure of the Manor House but now needs to properly assess its condition. We are working with engineers and the local authority building control to understand the level of damage, make the structure safe and secure the site.

– Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Principal of the University of Birmingham

Watch: Video shows fire ripping through Cadbury Manor House

More pictures show Cadbury manor house damage

The fire ripped through the house in Northfield last night
The fire ripped through the house in Northfield last night Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton
The fire service are still damping down the house
Fire crews are still damping down the house Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton
The Grade II listed building is the former home of the Cadbury family
The Grade II listed building is the former home of the Cadbury family Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton
Crews from 12 fire engines tackled the blaze at its height
Crews from 12 fire engines tackled the blaze at its height Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton

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Smoke from Northfield fire seen from Kings Norton

The smoke seen from a window in Kings Norton
The smoke seen from a window in Kings Norton Credit: Jack Donohoe

An ITV News Central viewer has sent in a photograph showing the smoke rising up from the Cadbury family's former home in Northfield, Birmingham.

It could be seen from as far away as Kings Norton.

Pictures: Fire at Northfield Manor House is arson

Fire at former Cadbury family house is arson

A view from the top of the extended hose reel as firefighters tackled the blaze
A view from the top of the extended hose reel as firefighters tackled the blaze Credit: Twitter/@HighgateFire

The fire at the former Cadbury family house in Northfield, Birmingham has been confirmed as arson, West MIdlands Fire Service have tweeted.

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2/3: Fire confd arson. 4 jets, 2HPs in use. @wmashart @wmpolice @envagency, National Grid & Western Power attended & services isolated cont.

The fire was at the Northfield Manor House in Griffin Close
The fire was at the Northfield Manor House in Griffin Close Credit: Twitter/HighgateFire

They also confirmed that a number of crews were still on site, after 6 crews were sent to relieve those that had been tackling the blaze at the six-storey, Grade II listed building since yesterday evening.

The state of the empty house this morning
The state of the empty house this morning Credit: Twitter/@Haymillsfire

Police say they are treated the blaze as suspicious and that there are no reports of anyone injured.

They confirmed the fire started at around 8.30pm yesterday.

More than 100 firefighters tackle blaze at old Cadbury manor house

More than 100 firefighters are on the scene of a blaze at a former manor house which belonged to the Cadbury family.

The fire broke out shortly after 8pm
The fire broke out shortly after 8pm Credit: @anthonyBrum

Twenty fire crews are at the scene of the fire at the now-derelict Northfield Manor House, off Bristol Road South, with people seeing smoke from as far away as the Lickey Hills.

The fire broke out shortly after 8pm this evening.

The fire broke out shortly after 8pm
The fire broke out shortly after 8pm Credit: @anthonyBrum
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