Firefighter recalls tackling Crooked House blaze - and how lane to iconic pub was blocked
One of the first firefighters to respond to a fire ripping through the historic Crooked House pub has told of his sadness at the iconic building's demise.
The Crooked House at Himley has been gutted by a fire that burned through Saturday night. Fire crews from West Midlands Fire Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service battled into the early hours of Sunday to get it under control.
Chris Green, who has served in the fire service for 16 years and has been watch commander at Tipton Fire Station for the past two, was among the first responders to the fire.
He said: "We were called initially about 10.30pm. We've been to The Crooked House before - there has been lots of tires that have been set on fire there.
"I was made aware in the paper that the pub had been closed down recently, so it was in the back of our minds that it could be the pub itself this time.
"When we were driving we could see the massive glow and we were all just saying 'that's definitely the pub on fire'.
"I would say there were four trucks from West Midlands [Fire Service] there and about four from Staffordshire [Fire and Rescue Service].