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Fire closes Inverness city centre overnight

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Media captionThe fire began in Academy Street

An investigation is under way following a major overnight fire which closed the centre of Inverness.

No-one was injured in the blaze above the M&Co shop in the city's Academy Street.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire at about 22:00 on Wednesday night.

Huge plumes of smoke could be seen for miles around. Nine fire vehicles were at the scene including two height appliances.

It took crews three hours to prevent the blaze from spreading to neighbouring shops and bars.

At one point, flames could be seen coming through the roof of the building, which is one of the oldest in the city centre street.

Police Scotland said on Thursday morning that a cordon remained in place to help keep the public safe as well as to aid the investigation.

A section of Academy Street and the Queensgate remained closed.

Image copyright Paul Campbell