AN investigation has been launched after a derelict pub caught fire.

Firefighters from Hyndburn, Burnley and Nelson were called to the two-story building, which used to house The Adelphi pub in Adelphi Street, Burnley, at around 2.25pm, yesterday.

A fire service spokesman said they found smoke coming from the second floor window and roof.

He said: "It was initially unclear whether there may have been people still inside the building and so crews gained entry and confirmed there were no casualties involved.

"They extinguished the fire using a hose and used a 10.5metre ladder to get to the flames.

"The fire is currently under joint investigation alongside the police."