Police were informed just after 2.05pm of a fire in the basement of Richer Sounds Music Shop on Sidwell Street.
There are reports of a large amount of smoke and this is drifting into nearby areas including Newtown. Police are advising that residents and businesses in the area to keep their windows and doors closed for the foreseeable future.
Residents from nearby properties including International students in the adjacent building have been evacuated as a precaution.
No injuries have currently been reported but a number of road closures are in place and evacuations are taking place.
There are currently a number of road closures in place including:
St Anne’s roundabout
Old Tiverton road
We ask that people avoid the area, keep their windows closed in the area and look for alternative routes in and out of Exeter City Centre for the foreseeable future.
Police believe that Fire will be working on this incident and emergency services will remain at the scene until into the evening; we aim to update the public when we have further clarity.
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News