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Birmingham Tesco evacuated over fire in self-service checkout machine

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Image caption A fire started in a self-service checkout machine

A Tesco store was evacuated when a fire broke out in a self-service checkout machine.

The blaze started in the shop in New Street in Birmingham city centre during the lunchtime rush.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent paramedics and a hazard team following reports of smoke and a possible 'chemical incident'.

One patient - believed to be a Tesco employee - was assessed and discharged, a spokesperson said.

West Midlands Fire Service said it received a call from police shortly after 12:30.

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The blaze was small, it said, and out by the time a crew arrived at the scene where a 'small amount of people' were complaining about irritation.

Engineers from Tesco attended.

A fire service spokesperson said the fire's cause was not yet known.

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