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Firefighters battle blaze at Wythenshawe Hall

More than 50 firefighters have been battling to save a Tudor stately home after it caught fire.

The blaze at Wythenshawe Hall in Manchester started in the early hours of Tuesday.

Pictures from a fire service helicopter showed severe damage to the roof of the 16th century building.

At its peak 10 fire engines and an aerial appliance fought the blaze, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.

Area manager Warren Pickstone said: "We are doing everything we can to save as much of this building as we can.

"The fire is in the roof and is difficult to access but we have specialist resources at the scene and we are doing our best.

"The fire is in the main black and white traditionally clad Tudor building with the historic clock tower, which was also on fire. So far we believe we have lost the roof and the first floor."

The building was the home of the Tatton family for more than 600 years but was given to Manchester City Council in 1929.

Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council's executive member for culture and leisure, praised the firefighters and said: "This is an upsetting incident involving a much-loved historic building at the heart of its community.

"We are currently still taking stock of the damage but will all need to rally together in an effort to restore the hall."

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