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Smoke canister causes alert at Lakeside shopping centre

A SMOKE canister caused an alert inside Lakeside shopping centre on Monday evening.

The building was evacuated close to 9.30pm on Tuesday evening at the north end of the shopping centre, near to Debenhams.

Smoke billowed on the first floor.

Fire crews attended shortly afterwards as the staff evacuated the building.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly worked to stop the smoke flow and used a high pressure fan to clear the centre of smoke.

At 21:54 hrs, ventilation was in progress.

No casualties were reported.

The incident was dealt with by 22:07 hrs.

Intu Lakeside will be open as normal this morning (Wednesday).

A spokesperson for Essex Police said: “Essex Police were called to Lakeside shopping centre at 9.20 pm on Tuesday night (May 7th) after reports that an anti-theft device had been activated.

“No offences had been detected.”


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