UPDATED:A large blaze which has badly damaged the former Stately Home, Daresbury Hall, near Warrington is now being investigated by fire chiefs.
Crews used main water jets and hose reels on the flames. The structure of the building was unsafe so all firefighting was conducted from the outside.
Firefighting operations stopped at just after 10pm last night with two fire engines remaining on the scene overnight, damping down, checking for hot spots and making sure there was no reignition. Crews remain at the scene.
Daresbury Lane is now re-opened in both directions after being closed last night.
It is not yet known how the blaze started but an investigation has been launched. Anyone with information please call Cheshire Police on 101.
Police have previously uncovered a cannabis farm in the building last year worth an estimated £750,000. More recently it was being used by a company for “zombie experience” events.
There have also been plans to demolish it to make way for 31 houses and an “art house.”
The site is classed as Green Belt and a home for barn owls.
The former Stately home has been on English Heritage’s at risk register for a number of years.
Check out Chris Digata’s video film on the historic Manor House which was built in 1759.