A DERELICT pub has been damaged by fire after a blaze broke out in the bins store.

Fire crews were called out to the former North Eastern Hotel on Clarence Street in Spennymoor at 12.30pm.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service received more than 20 calls about the incident.

Firefighters have now tackled the flames and made the area safe.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The brickwork and roof of the bins store was said to be severely damaged by the fire.