Investigations continue into Doncaster Mad Friday pub fire drama

The scene during the blaze drama at Loaded.
The scene during the blaze drama at Loaded.

Investigations are continuing into a fire drama at a Doncaster pub which brought the town centre to a standstill on Mad Friday.

Firefighters spent much of the afternoon tackling the incident at Loaded on the corner of Printing Office Street and Cleveland Street after smoke began pouring from the building at lunchtime.

According to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, a builder had been working on the bar’s flat roof when part of the roof and some timbers caught fire.

The fire caused lots of smoke, which filled the roof space of the premises, formerly known as Nelsons.

Four fire engines tackled the incident at its height and police and paramedics were also in attendance as the area was sealed off.

Streets were packed at the time with revellers celebrating Mad Friday - traditionally the busiest day of the year as shoppers head to the stores combined with revellers taking to the town’s pubs.

Crews spent more than four hours at the scene.

The pub was not open at the time of the incident.

It has been a bad year for the bar which was formerly a lap dancing club. In February, the pub was banned from playing recorded music after an inspection by royalties collection agency PPL and an application to convert the premises back to a lap dancing club was also rejected.

Windows were also smashed in a £2,000 brick attack in June.