Bars, restaurants and a cinema damaged in a major fire in Glasgow's west end less than a fortnight ago have reopened.

The businesses, all owned by leisure firm G1 Group, still need minor finishing touches but these are expected to be completed by the weekend.

A team of about 60 have been working round the clock to ensure the Loft and the Grosvenor Cinema in the cobbled Ashton Lane were not out of operation for long.

Two other G1 venues damaged in the blaze, the Nude and Radio bars, will reopen for businesses today, barely a fortnight after the incident.

It had been thought initially that all the venues might be shut for months.

It has been reported that G1 has purchased Bonhams Bar on Byres Road, which is parallel to Ashton Lane. The bar was once the entrance to the Grosvenor Cinema and it is understood G1 intends to reconnect the premises.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen of the Cul de Sac restaurant, also owned by G1, before spreading through flues and ducts to the other premises.

It resulted in the evacuation of the whole of Ashton Lane and at one stage threatened to spread to the Ubiquitous Chip bar and restaurant, one of Glasgow's best-known venues.

Dozens of firefighters were involved at the height of the incident, on February 24, and the blaze and smoke could be seen across the west end. The officer in charge said the fire was difficult to get under control due to the layout, age and fabric of the buildings.

Investigation teams confirmed the following day that the fire had been accidental.