A fire at a City Centre pub closed a major road through the city for hours.

The fire began on the premises of the Avon Brewery at 75 Castle Street at approximately 10.16am on the morning of Wednesday, December 27, with multiple fire engines responding from Salisbury, Verwood, Romsey and Fordingbridge.

 It involved an outbuilding containing propane cylinders.

A spokesperson for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said the historical main building has been largely spared.

The spokesperson said: “The fire involved an outbuilding and the ground floor of the main building. 

"The outbuilding has been completely destroyed by fire damage and approximately five per cent of the main building has been affected by fire.”

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The fire caused the closure of Castle Street from Scots Lane to the George & Dragon pub as firefighters wearing breathing apparatuses entered the building to fight the flames. Neighbouring buildings, such as Cheviot House, were also evacuated.

A spokesperson for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire added: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used main jets to extinguish the fire, no casualties have been reported and the fire is now believed to be out.  An investigation will now take place to determine the cause.”