Cumbria

Westmorland Shopping Centre in Kendal evacuated in fire alert

Fire crews at Westmorland Shopping Centre Image copyright ThisIsMyFilmKendal
Image caption Eight fire appliances were called to the shopping centre

A Cumbria shopping centre had to be evacuated after a fire started in a shop storeroom.

More than 20 firefighters were sent to the Westmorland Shopping Centre in Kendal just after 08:00 BST when smoke was spotted by a member of staff.

A cordon was put in place around the split-level complex, which houses about 30 shops and an indoor market.

A fire service spokesman said the blaze was quickly extinguished and no-one was injured.

He said the site would remain closed for a time for smoke to be ventilated from the building.

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