A London shopping center is evacuated after a fire broke out in the store, emergency services said.
Eight firefighting vehicles and about 60 firefighters were rushed to Westfield Shopping Center in Stratford on Sunday, according to London Fire Department data.
The shopping center was evacuated and no casualties were reported, firefighters said, following a fire that appeared to be burning for nearly two hours.
Fire crews were called to a “small fire” inside a store on the first floor just after 10 a.m. and brought it to control just before 11.45 a.m., the service said.
The shopping center remained closed while investigations were made into the source of the fire and the Newham Council asked people to refrain from the area.
Firefighters from Stratford, Laytonstone, Layton, Playstow and other nearby fire stations were all involved in the response, and a Metropolitan Police branch in Newham said its officers supported the evacuation.
Some witnesses also reported that they saw a helicopter flying over the building, while the photos on social media looked like puffs of inflatable smoke from one of the shops.
“Following a fire in one area of Westfield Stratford City this morning, the center was evacuated safely and the fire was contained,” the shopping center said in a statement.
“However, the center will remain closed during investigations. We will update as soon as the center can reopen.”
The shopping center contains over 350 retailers, more than 80 food and movie stores with 20 screens. It is also home to the Corona Virus Vaccine Reception Center.