One of Weatherfield’s regular residents will die in a dramatic fire, it has been reported. Warning! Spoiler Alert!

Coronation Street’s Sunita Alahan (Shobna Gulati) will meet her end in an explosive pub fire, reports The Sun.

Other popular characters will be trapped inside the Rover’s Return as it goes up in flames, leaving both the pub and the Street’s residents devastated.

Sunita is expected to be blamed for starting the fire by locals, who believe she planned it as revenge when her lover Karl Munro (John Michie) gets back together with Rovers landlady Stella Price (Michelle Collins).

A soap insider said: "Next thing, the pub bursts into flames - and she's on the scene. Even becoming a victim can't stop people pointing the finger. But obviously if they're wrong, then the real arsonist will still be at large."

Gulati announced her plans to leave the show last autumn to concentrate her own writing. She returned to the soap in 2009, having originally played Sunita between 2001 – 2006.