Westfield shopping centre in Stratford reopens FIVE HOURS after blaze near first-floor Apple store prompted the evacuation of thousands of shoppers
- Fire Brigade called to reports of a fire at Westfield shopping centre, east London
- Eight pumps and around 40 fire fighters arrived at scene around 10am today
- Hundreds of customers were evacuated after smoke seen filling hall near Apple
- The fire has since been brought under control but centre will remain closed for investigation
An east London shopping centre has reopened almost 5 hours after customers were forced to evacuate when a fire broke out in a first floor store.
Around 40 firefighters and eight engines rushed to Westfield in Stratford this morning after reports of a blaze on the first floor.
Pictures from the seen appear to show smoke coming out of a Watches of Switzerland shop.
Hundreds of customers raced to leave the centre which is near the Olympic Park as smoke filled the main concourse.
The fire fighters, who arrived at 10.08am, managed to bring the blaze under control just over an hour later.
West Fields East London shopping centre was evacuated today after a fire appeared to break out in a Watches of Switzerland shop
Shoppers have been evacuated from an east London shopping centre after a fire broke out in one of the stores. Pictured: Smoke seen near Apple store
It is not yet known what caused the fire.
One person tweeted a photo of smoke filling the main shopping hall near to the Apple store, adding: ‘That’s not a small fire.’
Another person tweeted: ‘There’s smoke everywhere around the middle floor.’
An eyewitness outside the building reported an emergency services helicopter was also hovering overheard.
A Met Police spokesperson tweeted: ‘We are supporting LondonFire with evacuation of the #Westfield Shopping Centre in #Stratford following reports of a fire.’
Hundreds of people were seen being walked away from Westfield shopping centre by security guards and police before the area was cordoned off due to the fire
Firefighters were called to the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 10.03am today after reports of a fire breaking out in one of the shops. They were on scene five minutes later
It is not yet clear what caused the fire and a London Fire Brigade spokesman said there are no reports of any injuries.
The fire has since been brought under control, with the Fire Brigade saying there will be an investigation into the cause.
A spokesperson for the shopping centre has said: ‘Following a fire in one area of Westfield Stratford City this morning, the centre was safely evacuated and the fire brought under control.
‘However, the centre will remain closed whilst investigations are carried out. We will update as soon as the centre can reopen.’
Firefighters are seen on the first floor of Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, East London
Around 40 firefighters and eight engines rushed to Westfield in Stratford this morning after reports of a blaze on the first floor
A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade said: ‘Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to a fire at a shop on Montifichet Road in Stratford.
‘Firefighters tackled a small fire within a shop on the first floor of a shopping centre.
‘The shopping centre was evacuated and no injuries were reported.
‘The Brigade was called at 10.03am and the fire was under control by 11.44am.
‘Fire crews from Stratford, Leytonstone, Leyton, Plaistow and other surrounding fire stations attended the scene.
‘The cause of the fire will be investigated.’
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