'Smoke and flames pouring out' pub roof COLLAPSES after huge blaze– firefighters scrambled

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The Old House B&B on Watling Street, close to Witherley and Atherstone caught fire on Monday morning. A spokesman for the pub said “the roof is all but caved in” due to the damage from the fire. The blaze also caused major road closures, with the A5 closed between Harpers Lane and Drayton Lane, with no access via Kennel Lane either.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they are at the scene of a fire off the A5 near Witherley.

In an incident log, they wrote: “We received the initial call at 9.52am about a derelict Public House involved in a fire.

“Upon arrival crews requested further resources to assist with firefighting. Exeternal firefighting in operation due to conditions within the building.

“Station Manager is now commanding the incident which is sectorised. 

“External firefighting tactics is use, further resources requested for additional personnel.

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was also called to the scene of the fire.

The emergency services were stood down upon arrival with nobody believed to be injured in the incident.

A spokesperson for the Air Ambulance told Leicestershire Live: “We received the call at 10.43am and arrived at the scene by 10.55am. 

“It was the Air Ambulance team from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire that attended the fire.

“Upon arrival we were stood down by emergency services, and we have had no reports of casualties from the incident.”

Owners of the pub confirmed at 11:57am the fire has been extinguished, but the building was severely damaged.

A spokesperson for The Old House B&B on Watling Street told the outlet: “The fire is sorted at the moment. There have been a lot of emergency services here though. At least three fire engines, an air ambulance, the police, as well as what must have been 50 firefighters and officers.

“It started off as just smoke but then flames started coming out of the building.

“It’s just smouldering now, the road is still closed though, so I can imagine it’s going to cause massive delays on the road.

“The pub is seriously damaged now, the roof is all but caved in, I doubt anyone would be able to fix that.”

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