Across 111 of England's hospital trusts, 63 per cent have at least one scanner or treatment machine that is at least a decade old.
Statistics reveal that 21 per cent of Linac radiotherapy machines are at least 10-years-old.
Footage posted on social media showed black smoke billowing outside the building – described on its website as "one of Europe's experimental cancer medicine centres and an international leader in research and development". Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the fire involved a three-storey office block and labs.
Firefighters are wearing breathing apparatus and using jets and hose reels to extinguish a fire involving a three-storey office block and labs." Staff and patients at areas of the hospital unaffected by the fire have been advised to continue as normal.
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"At 10.36am on Wednesday the fire service was called to a building fire at Christie Hospital, Wilmslow Road, Manchester," the service said.
"Five fire engines and an aerial ladder are at the scene.