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Fire causes explosion near Mullingar shopping centre

Smoke rising from shopping centre fire
Image caption The shopping centre was evacuated due to the fire

A fire has caused an explosion at the back of a shopping centre in County Westmeath.

Police said the fire broke out in a storage shed behind a Penneys and a Marks and Spencer shop in Mullingar on Monday afternoon.

It quickly spread and led to the explosion. No-one was hurt but a number of cars were damaged in the blaze.

The shopping centre was evacuated as a result. The scene has been cordoned off for a forensic examination.