Large fire breaks out at former 'mansion' in Macclesfield

A large fire has broken out at a former mansion in Macclesfield. The fire has prompted a road closure on Beech Lane and people are being asked to avoid the area. Firefighters have been tackling the blaze at a former three-storey home on Beech Lane throughout the night.

Crews still remain at the scene this morning as they try and dampen down the flames.

Firefighters were initially called to the area on Wednesday (August 5) shortly after 7pm and found a detached three storey brick building, measuring approximately 15 metres by 25 metres, was well alight. The fire began in the roof and the back of the building and crews used two main jets to tackle the flames. Firefighters split the building into two sectors and used three main jets to tackle the fire; an aerial appliance was also called to the scene to help tackle the fire from above.

Witnesses at the scene said the building was a former 14 bed mansion and was due to be demolished by its owner.

The fire from above. Picture by Lucy Morton

James Kitchman told Cheshire Live last night: “The fire service, try as it might, haven’t been able to get it under control yet (in part due to trying to erect the big ladder truck directly under a massive tree then having to give up and move it). “It’s a shame to see such a beautiful old property destroyed but the owner put in a planning application to demolish it only last month anyway so it likely wouldn’t have been there much longer.”

Fire crews tackling the blaze at the property on Beech Lane, Macclesfield.

Picture by Lucy Morton

Firefighters remain in attendance and crews have also removed a number of roof tiles from the building to help ensure the fire has been fully extinguished. A thermal imaging camera is also being used to check for any hotspots. Six fire engines are in attendance – from Congleton, Macclesfield, Bollington, Poynton, Wilmslow and two from Greater Manchester along with an aerial appliance from Macclesfield.

Beech Lane is closed from Hyball Road to Brocklehurst Avenue and people are advised to avoid the area.

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