No structural damage caused by overnight blaze, says fire brigade
Fire services in Liverpool have put out the blaze which raged through the city’s famous Littlewoods building yesterday.
The fire at the Gerald de Courcey Fraser-designed building was put out in the early hours of this morning.
Despite flames being seen shooting through the roof and large sections of the interior being gutted it is not thought the blaze has affected the building’s structural integrity.
Currently being partly developed as a film studio, the building was constructed in 1938. It was a factory for a time before becoming home to the football pools companies Littlewoods, Vernons and Zetters.
Adam Higgins, co-founder of the developer Capital & Centric, said the walls of the building were intact.
“The building is hugely important to us and to everyone really in Liverpool,” he told the BBC.
“We announced some big plans about three months ago which would bring in the Twickenham film studios to the city and to this building in particular.
“I’m very hopeful that we still will be able to do that because the walls still seem to be intact and, providing we can keep them up, we can still very much continue with our plans.”