These drone pictures show the devastating aftermath of a fire at a former County Durham pub over the weekend. 

The former Castleside Inn and Golden Chippy was extensively damaged in the blaze on Saturday (July 7).

The A692 through Castleside, near Consett, was closed for several hours, while firefighters dealt with the incident.  (Image: Dan Sheldrick)

The drone pictures from Dan Sheldrick show the roof completely gutted and damage to the rear.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service duty group manager Dan Wootton said tonight (Sunday): "The Fire Service were called to attend a fire at the Golden Chippy at 5.15pm yesterday evening.

"The initial appliance arrived on scene to find the first floor of the building well alight.(Image: Dan Sheldrick)

"A total of four appliances and an aerial ladder platform attended the scene to tackle and extinguish the fire, using breathing apparatus, main jets and hosereels.

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"Crews remained on scene until approximately 21.30.

"There was no one in the premises at the time the fire service arrived, however the building suffered significant damage.

"The Fire Service will be working closely with the Police to determine the exact cause of the fire and assist in any ongoing investigation."

(Image: Dan Sheldrick)

(Image: Dan Sheldrick)

(Image: Michelle Welch)

(Image: Michelle Welch)

(Image: Michelle Welch)