Around 40 jobs have been lost after a hotel in Aberdeen was destroyed by a major fire.
Almost 100 firefighters battled the ferocious blaze at the Britannia Hotel in Bucksburn last month.
At the height of the June 9 blaze, smoke could be seen from as far as Summerhill and Bridge of Don.
Since then the hotel has remained shut but it’s hoped it will reopen in the next five to six months.
Aberdeen City Council has placed a dangerous building notice on the hotel which is currently sitting empty.
Only a few staff are left at the hotel, doing jobs including security.
General manager Richard Liptrott today spoke of his devastation at having to let staff go.
He hopes those who were made redundant would be re-employed when the hotel opened again.
He said: “We would obviously want to be open for the Christmas and New Year but it’s impossible to tell until the insurance is dealt with and we can then start work on rebuilding.
“Unfortunately we had to make redundancies which was a very sad day.
“We had to let go of around 40 staff.
“There are still some people doing security and bits and bobs around the hotel so we still have some staff which are employed.
“If the guys haven’t got jobs elsewhere by the time we reopen we will get in touch with them to get them back, which will be the plan.”
About 20 rooms were lost in the blaze.
Residents have had to use the hotel’s car park to gain access to local roads.