A blaze in a former pub took more than three hours to put out after it gripped its ground and first floor.
Firefighters from Durham and High Handenhold found the old Station Hotel, off Morton Crescent in Fencehouses, well alight when they were called to the fire at 6.15pm yesterday.
An aerial ladder platform was also drafted in from Durham, with hose reels and jets used to put out the fire and fans used to clear the building of fumes
Four officers wearing breathing apparatus were also sent into the building, which is close to the old railway level crossing, to help put out the flames.
Police were also called to the scene, with traffic diverted from the area while the blaze was extinguished.