AN ANDOVER road has reopened nine months after a building fire left the area unsafe, forcing the road to be closed.

Marlborough Street was shut following a fire at the former Anton Laundry building, which saw firefighters called to the site at around 3pm on Saturday, May 27, 2023.

Crews were called from Andover, Dorset and Wiltshire to battle the fire.

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Previously, it had been suggested that structures would need to be put in place to support the building as it leaned towards the street in order to reopen the road.

However, the grade II listed building was ultimately demolished after investigations from Test Valley Borough Council, and Historic England, concluded that the building could not be safely propped.

Historic England added that it believed the demolition would be justified due to the extent of the damage caused by the fire.

Hampshire County Council confirmed that Marlborough Street has reopened to the public.