A well known former pub in Burton was on fire today. Smoke was seen billowing into the sky from the old Dart Inn, in Short Street, Stapenhill. A cordon was in place as fire crews tackled the large fire this afternoon, Sunday, June 12.
Planning permission has not long been granted to knock down the old pub, which has been targeted by vandals since it closed five years ago. The problems even led to the current owners saying they regretted ever buying the property.
But last month, after more than a year of delays, East Staffordshire Borough Council approved a planning application to bulldoze the pub with 11 new houses set to be built on the site.
Short street was closed as crews tackle the fire, with residents behind the cordon watching as the drama unfolded. Thick black smoke from the building was seen from across Burton.
Here is how we reported the incident live: