Disused pub collapses as fire rages through upper storeys

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FIRE investigation officers spent yesterday trying to establish what caused a huge fire at a disused pub in Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said 30 firefighters spent several hours battling the flames at the building in the town’s Kendray area.

Three fire appliances were still there yesterday afternoon ensuring that the site was safe for specialist officers to investigate how the blaze began.

A fire service spokesman said: “Fire crews from across the district, including Barnsley, Tankerlsey, Cudworth and Dearne fire stations were called to the incident at about 00.30am.

“Fire had taken hold of the second storey and roof space of the 40m by 15m (130ft by 50ft) two storey premises on Farm Road.

“Firefighters used jets and hose reels to bring the blaze under control, but fire engines remained at the scene.

“At least half of the building has collapsed due to structural damage caused by the fire.

“The cause of the fire will be determined once it’s been declared safe for investigators to enter the building.”

Fire crews were also called to a separate fire in the Greasbrough area of Rotherham yesterday.

The village’s Church Street was closed for much of the day after the fire at Cooper’s builder’s yard.

The alarm was raised at 6am yesterday and an investigation was still continuing later in the day.