Officers believe the Wythenshawe Hall fire was arson

Police are continuing their investigation in to the cause of the fire at Wythenshawe Hall. Investigating officers have reason to believe that the fire was arson, although all possibilities are still under investigation.

Shortly after 3.30am on Tuesday 15 March police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services (GMFRS) were alerted after a fire broke out in the timber-framed museum and art gallery, at Wythenshawe Hall.

Specially trained Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue search dogs are being taken in to the building on Wednesday 16 March to assist with identifying the cause of the fire.

Inspector Luke Breakspear of GMP’s South Manchester division has stated “Today our investigation into the cause of the fire will continue. We are still appealing for anyone with any information or may have seen anyone in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 15 March to come forward. Although we have no reason to believe the fire was arson, I would urge caution over speculation on social media as this can often be counterproductive”.

Mr. Breakspear also said “Wythenshawe community spirit is coming into its own with many offers of support to the volunteers who have kept the hall running, for all to enjoy. I would like to reassure them that we are doing all we can to get to the bottom of what happened”.

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