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Liverpool landmark devastated by huge fire

LIVERPOOL’S iconic Littlewoods Pools building was partly destroyed by a fire yesterday.

Only the determined efforts of firefighters managed to save the whole building from burning to the ground.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, which has suffered severe funding cuts with yet more to come, said it was called to the building at around 8pm on Sunday and it continued into yesterday. No cause has yet been established.

There were no injuries or concerns over the building’s integrity, the fire service added.

The 1930s art deco building has been empty since 2003, although a £50 million scheme to transform the site was recently announced.

Among the proposals was to build a film and television studios at the site to become the new northern base of Twickenham Studios.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said the fire was “absolutely heartbreaking.”

Fire service area manager Paul Murphy said: “We are all Merseyside firefighters and this building is as much iconic to us as it is to anyone else, so we are really pleased that we have been able to prevent further spread of fire.”

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