Vin & Sprit's Plymouth Gin brand's Black Friars Distillery was rescued from destruction last week after a fire broke out in the restaurant on the first floor of the building.

Maxxium, Plymouth Gin's distributor, said yesterday (3 March) that the fire, which began last Wednesday, has been traced to the ducting system of the Barbican Kitchen Brasserie. Three fire crews arrived at the scene within five minutes and managed to confine the flames to the restaurant, saving the rest of the distillery from any lasting structural damage, the company said.

Plymouth Gin's master distiller Sean Harrison confirmed that "the distillery's pot still and general production facility is still intact and in full working order, as is the oldest part of the building, The Refectory".

Maxxium UK's marketing manager of Plymouth Gin Johna Cameron added: "On behalf of all at Plymouth Gin, I would like to thank all the emergency services involved, and particularly the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, for responding so quickly to what could have been an absolutely devastating fire. As a result of their success in battling the fire, I am happy to report we are able to continue production of all three variants of Plymouth Gin at the Black Friars Distillery."

No one was available at V&S, the brand's owner, for comment when contacted by just-drinks today.