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Blaze at Harborne Lord of the Rings pub

9 July 2013 Last updated at 21:46 BST

A "severe" fire which broke out at a Lord of the Rings-themed pub may have been sparked by nearby workers re-felting a roof, fire crews say.

Passers-by reported clouds of thick smoke coming from The Huntsman, on the High Street in Harborne, Birmingham, shortly before midday.

Steve Husband, of West Midlands Fire Service, said it appeared the "hot gear" being used by workmen on the roof caused sparks on the timbers below.

The Huntsman, formerly known as the Kings Arms, was renovated at the end of May following a £40,000 makeover.