Firefighters have spent the night tackling a blaze at the old Coronation Club off King Edward Road in Thorne.
Six appliances from five stations attended the fire, including one aerial unit.
Fire crews from Thorne, Doncaster, Parkway (Sheffield), Snaith & Goole (both Humberside) attended to the blaze from around midnight.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue said: “Our first priority was to stop the fire spreading to adjacent properties”.
Residents neighbouring the club were immediately evacuated, with the spokesperson adding: “The occupants were really co-operative, as they realised the potential danger”.
A householder living near the disused club who was not one of those evacuated, said she was awoken by the sound of the windows ‘popping': “I could see it all from my back garden and bedroom windows.
“I was concerned that it was going to set my trees on fire. The popping of windows woke me up at first”.
“The fire service tried to get access through our gardens to get to the back of the property and they were still tackling the fire until about 4am.
“I stayed awake in case we had to evacuate our property as it was unknown if there were gas cylinders in the old pub”.
The derelict building, which has been plagued by trespassers and vandals in recent weeks, has been left extensively damaged by the fire.
Fire investigators are now on site this morning (Thurs 11 May) to see if a cause for the fire can be established.