More than 40 firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a derelict pub in Stafford.
The first crew arrived at the former Westway pub in Highfields at 6.54pm yesterday.
Appliances from Stafford, Gnosall, Penkridge, Stone, Eccleshall, Rugeley, Rising Brook, Longton and Lichfield attended along with the Aerial Ladder Platform from Longton and the Water Carrier from Cannock.
Stafford and Lichfield are the only appliances currently at the scene where crews are damping down.
Firefighters used four main jets, two hose reel jets and a ground monitor to tackle the blaze and a number of firefighters had to wear breathing apparatus during the incident due to the large amount of smoke produced.
The fire spread over two floors of the building, which measured 30 metres by 30 metres, and the damage caused the roof to collapse.
People living in neighbouring properties were evacuated from their homes as a safety precaution.
Group Manager Brian Griffiths, who attended the incident, said: “This was a very severe fire which tore through the derelict pub, completely destroying the building. It was located in the middle of a densely populated housing estate, putting lives at risk and leading to an evacuation of the area.
"Firefighters worked tirelessly throughout the night and well into the early hours of this morning to bring the blaze under control.
"A joint investigation is being carried out between police and the fire service to determine the cause.”