Kennet Centre reopens following electrical fire

Shoppers and staff evacuated after fire broke out just before 10am this morning

John Herring


John Herring


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The Kennet Centre has now reopened after staff and shoppers were evacuated this morning due to a fire.

Firefighters from Newbury and Whitley Wood were called to the shopping centre at 9.42am (Friday) following reports of a fire in the roof space of the 99p shop.

Crews extinguished the fire, which had been caused by an electrical fault.

The centre has now reopened however the 99p shop is still closed.

Shopping Centre manager Mag Williams said: "At around 9:43 this morning smoke was reported in one of our stores.

"We got everyone out of the centre immediately and the fire service were at the scene within five minutes.

"We have very good emergency procedures in place and they all went perfectly.

"Unfortunately the 99p store is still closed until further notice but the rest of the shopping centre is fine."

No-one is believed to have been injured in the incident.

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