BARNSLEY Council says the demolition of the Chicago Rock building is under consideration following last week's fire.
The building, on the corner of Pall Mall and New Street, caught ablaze on Thursday last week (August 18). The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The council says that after an on-site assessment this morning, the demoltion of the building is under consideration and is dependent on the outcome of a structural engineer's report.
A council spokesperson said: "A number of parties are in discussions including the building owner's insurance company, which is taking the lead on this matter."
A public enquiry is needed to establish the building's structural integrity and determine whether the building can be saved due to its historic importance. The market town of Barnsley, which over the decades has lost many of its building due to redevelopment is on a path to lose it's identity if architectural pieces such as this are not saved.
An ethical duty lies with Barnsley council to provide details of the owners' insurance as a public act and the structural engineers assessing the building's condition.