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Boys arrested for Cadbury Northfield Manor arson attack

Northfield Manor House
Image caption The fire service said about 70% of the building had been damaged

Three boys have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire destroyed a former home of the Cadbury family in Birmingham.

More than 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at Northfield Manor House on Wednesday night. No-one was injured.

The fire service said about 70% of the building had been damaged.

The boys, aged 12, 14 and 15, were arrested on Thursday but were released on bail pending further inquiries, police said.

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Image caption Flames and smoke from the fire at Northfield Manor House could be seen about three miles away

West Midlands Police said its investigation was on-going and it still wanted to speak to more witnesses.

The four-storey, brick building, which is owned by Birmingham University, is listed by the city council as Grade A, but is not listed nationally.

It bought the building from the Cadbury family in 1953 and used it as a student halls of residence until 2007.

The University said it had been awaiting planning approval from Birmingham City Council to convert the house into flats as part of a wider redevelopment of the site.

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