Huge inferno rips through Britains wonkiest pub and destroys it after closure

Britain's 'wonkiest pub' has been engulfed in flames just weeks after thousands signed a petition to save it from permanent closure.

Pictures captured last night show The Crooked House pub, a Grade II listed building constructed in 1765, engulfed in a towering inferno.

An image snapped by a local resident was posted on Facebook, captioned "RIP THE CROOKED HOUSE" – showing the building being completely gutted by flames.

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The resident also alleged that "a load of soil tipped in the gateway to stop fire engines getting to it" in a post online.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and West Midlands Fire Service say they were called to the property at around 10pm, with six crews were in attendance.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: "Crews from Dudley, Brierley Hill, Tipton, Kinver, Chase Terrace and Cannock were at the scene."

It comes as The Crooked House pub in the village of Himley, Dudley, West Midlands, was sold last month and permanently closed after 192 years of trading.

The pub had been closed prior to it's sale due to damage from a break-in during July.

Local residents had been devastated by the property's sale, and over 3,000 people had signed a petition on to prevent their local boozer closing.

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At the time of it's closing, the pub shared a statement which said: "The Crooked House has been sold.

"Unlikely to open its doors again. Marstons have sold the site to a private buyer for alternative use.

"This is just to update the page so nobody makes wasted journeys to the site.

"Thanks all for your custom and support. Keep supporting the great other local pubs to make sure they stay as they should be."

The quirky pub had attracted visitors from across the world due to its unique leaning effect – making it look like it is about to topple over.

The building was constructed in 1765 as a farmhouse but became a pub in the 1830s with people flocking to see how one side is 4ft (1.2m) lower than the other.

Bartenders at the pub were known to amaze customers with the trick of coins and marbles being able to seemingly roll uphill along the bar.

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