A FIRE has ripped through a clock tower, closing off part of a town centre.

The blaze happened on the High Street in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross, at 1.45pm on Thursday.

A stretch of the road has been closed while crews battle the fire.

Around 15 firefighters have been called.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "The fire is in the clock tower.

"We have three appliances at the scene."