Huge fire breaks at a branch of discount chain B&M in York’s Clifton Moor retail park Saturday creating hazardous conditions.
Shoppers were seen fleeing and North Yorkshire Police said from miles away the large plumes of smoke coming out of the building were seen.
North Yorkshire Fire Brigade’s fire investigation officer said the blaze is under control and fire could have contained within the store.
The department added there is no immediate concern for adjacent buildings. Initially the road A1237 between Wigginton and Clifton Moor was closed, but later was reopened.
It is learned the fire broke just before 16:30 local time and the store was evacuated. The store was open then. Residents of nearby buildings were advised to keep their windows closed and remain indoors.
B&M Stores tweeted, “All of our colleagues are safe and fire and emergency services responded as soon as possible.”
Nearby businesses have been affected and Roko Health Club has announced to keep the outlet closed on Sunday.
In a tweet the management wrote, “Due to a major fire in a commercial property on Clifton Moor the area has been evacuated by the emergency services… We hope to open on Monday.”
A force Tweeter account read, “All emergency services on scene at a large fire at B&M Store at Clifton Moor.”