Fire closes Cleveland Street in Chorley town centre

Cash Converters shop
Image caption Police say the fire started in a Cash Converters shop

A fire in a row of shops has closed a section of a Lancashire town centre.

Firefighters were called to the fire, which started in a Cash Converters store on High Street, Chorley, just before 04:00 BST.

Six fire engines and an aerial ladder were used. Lancashire Police said the road would be closed until the end of the day.

Commander Sean Walton, from Lancashire Fire Service, said: "It was a very severe, well established fire."

The ground and first floor of the shops were alight when firefighters arrived.

Five people living in an adjacent property were evacuated as a precaution but were able to return home later.

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