The bosses of a popular Doncaster town centre bar have said 'everyone is safe and well' after a blaze ripped through the venue amid false claims that a bomb had gone off.
The fire broke out at the Boogie Bar in Hall Gate at about 8.50pm last night and several members of staff were evacuated from the building.
Rumours initially circulated on social media that the fire had been caused by a bomb blast but South Yorkshire Police quickly denied this and said an electrical fault was to blame.
In a statement on the bar's Facebook page, staff said: "Thanks for all the messages of concern, everyone's safe and well and that's all what matters.
"Main cable electrical fault coming into the venue just as we opened, took some of Flares lights out too.
"Thanks to all our staff and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for being so quick on site and professional.
"We'll be back open as soon as the repair works carried out."
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: "We are aware of various rumours circulating online regarding an incident in Doncaster. We have attended a fire at Hall Gate this evening. Fire service has confirmed this is an electrical fault.
"Members of the public should not be concerned at this time."
Video footage and pictures from passers by showed flames and plumes of smoke emanating from the building. Three fire engines from Doncaster Central and Edlington stations spent five hours tackling the blaze.
A Doncaster Central firefighter, who did not want to be named, said: "Nobody was injured and there were only a few members of staff in the bar as they were just opening up. The cause is under investigation."
A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: "The fire is believed to have originated in the cellar, possibly relating to the electrics on the premises which are heavily smoke logged."