Fire sparks evacuation of Westfield shopping centre

Blaze sparks evacuation of Westfield Stratford shopping centre: Around 40 firefighters race to scene after smoke seen in first-floor shop

  • 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
  • Evacuations of customers is in progress with police also on the scene

Shoppers have been evacuated from an east London shopping centre after a fire broke out in one of the stores. 

Around 40 firefighters and eight engines rushed to Westfield in Stratford this morning after reports of a blaze on the first floor.

Hundreds of customers raced to leave the centre which is near the Olympic Park as smoke filled the main concourse.

The situation has been described as ‘critical’, though it unclear how far the fire has spread. 

An eyewitness 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.’

This is a breaking news story. More to follow 

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