A POPULAR pub which went up in flames earlier this year is to go under the hammer next month.
The bar area of the New Inn, in Durham Street, on the Headland, was completely destroyed when a blaze tore through the pub in September this year.
The landlord at the time, Peter Watson, was left fighting for his life after he was dragged unconscious from his burning home above the pub by firefighters.
His wife Christine also had to be helped down from a first floor window.
The pub has never reopened since the blaze and its future is now uncertain ahead of it going under the hammer at an auction in Leeds on Thursday, December 5.
Eddisons Auctioneers revealed there has been interest in the pub and some of the interested parties have been on site viewings ahead of the auction.
The guide price for the pub is £20,000 plus.
Amy Hardaker, administration assistant for Eddisons, said: “We have had six people looking at the property already and others showing an interest since it was made public.
“Sometimes in cases such as this the interested parties plan to refurb the building and reopen it as a public house while others may want to knock it down and build residential properties.”
The description of the pub online ahead of the auction says the building is in need of full refurbishment.
The former pub, which will be lot number 216 at the auction, houses a beer cellar in the basement, two bar areas and a toilet on the ground floor and two bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen and a bathroom on the first floor.
Five fire appliances rushed to the pub after the fire broke out in the early hours of Monday, September 2.
Cleveland Fire Brigade launched an immediate investigation into the cause of the blaze but could not determine what started the fire.