North Staffs TV has been on the scene of the fire at the historic Leopard pub in Burslem for the past few days.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had eight crews at the scene, that 40 firefighters that tackled the blaze. The police and paramedics were also in attendance, however as far as we know there were no reported injuries.
A stretch of Market Place, from the Old Town Hall to the junction with Wedgwood Street/Swan Square, remains closed. Parts of Queen Street and Clayhanger Street are also closed, with diversions expected to be in place for some time.
Four men from Stoke-on-Trent area, aged 23, 30, 33 and 51, have been arrested at the scene on suspicion of arson and burglary and have been released on bail.
The power had to be cut off, this affected the surrounding buildings, including Queen Street which is behind the Leopard pub.
Yesterday Inspector Matt Bennion said: “We would like to thank local residents for their patience and support as we continue with the investigation this afternoon. We know that this incident has impacted the community, as the Leopard is a renowned and historic Stoke-on-Trent building, but we kindly ask that the public avoid the area at this time. We have received reports of private drones flying over the site, which could potentially damage and interfere with professional drones operating to assist the fire service. You could also put officers at risk and be committing a criminal offence. We will be following up these reports and take action when appropriate. An emergency service presence is expected to remain at the scene over the next few days, with increased neighbourhood patrols also taking place. Anyone who was in the area at the time of the fire, or may have any information that could assist with our investigation is asked to get in touch.”
Take a look at the videos and pictures we have taken the past few days which show the police and fire crews still on the scene days after the actual fire.
Video – Taken 23-01-2022 – Police and fire crews still on the scene, we can see fire crews are still damping down the fire damaged building.
Video – Taken 24-01-2022 – Police and fire crews still on the scene