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The cause of the fire has not yet been established

Shoppers were evacuated, a road closed and nearby residents advised to stay indoors when a fire broke out at a B&M branch on Saturday afternoon.

The blaze ripped through the discounter’s branch in Clifton Moor Retail Park, York, leaving the store “severely damaged” according to B&M.

The area around the store was also evacuated and a section of the nearby A1237 closed as smoke drifted across the road, police said.

Local residents were advised to stay indoors as the fire service dealt with the blaze.

Reports of a fire were received at around 4.30pm and 10 fire engines attended, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

A fire service update today said crews were revisiting the site to dampen down hotspots.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing, and no cause has so far been established, the update added.

There were no reported casualties.

“Our York store at Clifton Moor Retail Park was safely evacuated on Saturday afternoon following a fire,” said a B&M spokeswoman.

“We’re grateful for the emergency services teams who worked through the night to extinguish the fire. Unfortunately, the store was severely damaged. We’re now working closely with the landlords to assess the next steps.”

A statement from North Yorkshire Police on Saturday said: “The area around the store has been evacuated and the A1237 ring road between Wigginton roundabout and the Tesco roundabout is currently closed to allow emergency services to attend the scene.

“Smoke is drifting across the A1237 road and causing hazardous conditions. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Residents in the area are advised to stay indoors and close all windows while emergency services deal with the fire.”