Wythenshawe ’s Jobcentre has been closed after arsonists broke in and torched the building – with nearly 2,000 benefits claimants affected.
Firefighters were called to Simon House on Wavell Road on Saturday evening after reports of smoke and flames coming from the first floor.
Police closed off the street and part of nearby Brownley Road as crews tackled the blaze at around 10pm.
It is understood the building was broken into, before a fire was started on the first floor.
The entire first floor, where up to 50 staff work, was destroyed – meaning officials have had to urgently scramble to send staff to other centres.
Windows and walls were left charred after the flames ripped through the building.
A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said three fire engines were sent to the site, with crews tackling the flames for three hours.
A joint investigation with police…
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