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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

More pictures show Cadbury manor house damage

The fire ripped through the house in Northfield last night Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton
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 Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton
Crews from 12 fire engines tackled the blaze at its height Credit: ITV News Central/Richard Eaton


Smoke from Northfield fire seen from 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 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.

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 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 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 Credit: @anthonyBrum

Smoke from fire in Northfield visible from Lickey Hills

Smoke from a major blaze in Northfield has been seen from as far away as the Lickey Hills.

Video footage from the Worcestershire beauty spot shows plumes of smoke billowing from the scene of the fire, which has taken hold of en empty building off Bristol Road South.

Breaking: Fire service tackling 'large, severe fire' in Northfield

12 fire crews are in attendance Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

West Midlands Fire Service are currently tackling a 'large, serious fire' in Northfield, South Birmingham.

ITV News Central understands crews from 12 fire engines are fighting the fire at a four-storey, empty property at Manor Farm Park on Bristol Road South.

Firefighters tackle blaze in Wolverhampton city centre

Fire crews are dealing with a factory fire in Wolverhampton city centre.

West MIdlands fire service has tweeted it has six fire engines in attendance on Horseley Fields.

It's not yet clear exactly which buildings are involved. More to follow.

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