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Festival Place Evacuated Due To Basement Electrical Fire

Fire crews heading into Festival Place to deal with the small blaze in the basement - picture taken by Jonny Freeman

An electrical fire in the basement of Festival Place has forced staff to evacuate the building in Basingstoke.

Shoppers and staff from various stores had to wait outside for a time as fire crews dealt with the incident.

Some were stuck outside for nearly an hour.

Staff have now told us the incident is over and the blaze is out. 

It's not thought anyone's been injured.

A cordon was in place for a time around the exterior of the shopping centre - as well as inside it too.

Festival Place published this tweet to confirm what happened.

Our reporter Jonny Freeman was at the scene, as the evacuation got underway.

Fire crews gave us this update later on.

Emma-Jane Kinney owns Cool Merch - she was one of those evacuated from the building. She says the response from the emergency services and centre staff was impressive:

"We heard the fire alarm go off - and then the evacuation alarm - and we then left the building, it was all a very streamlined and professional response to the incident.

"The fire crews and staff were amazing - they responded immediately."

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