Fire crews were in action in Lancaster city centre today, due to a blaze on the corner of Mary Street and Gage Street.
In scenes eerily similar to a city centre fire in March last year, nearby streets were engulfed in smoke as several fire engines were called to the scene.
Pedestrians were being kept away from the immediate area, while nearby shops were closed. It's been confirmed that the fire started at Nicholas Evans Printers.
An eyewitness said: "People were being turned away from nearby streets and alleys. I've got to say, I was having a bit of trouble breathing so I walked over to Dalton Square to sit down by the statue - and even there, I could feel the smoke in my lungs.”
It's been confirmed that nobody was injured during the incident.
The one way system at Dalton Square was closed, with traffic being diverted up Moor Lane. It re-opened at around 3pm.
A Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: "A fire on the first floor of a shop has resulted in the evacuation of people from the row of shops and a firefighting response of eight fire engines and crews, an Aerial Ladder Platform and crew from Morecambe and Command Support Unit from Blackburn."
Later, the spokesperson added: "The fire is being damped down. No-one was injured but there was significant fire damage to the roof and first floor of the terraced block of shops. Fire is believed to have started in the printing business on the first floor.
"Fire investigation is underway but an initial report suggests the fire was electrical in origin and involved a machine."
Lancaster fire. pic.twitter.com/eZwOgcxaI3— Lancashire Fire (@LancashireFRS) 3 April 2017
Below: Photos by Amy Speight
Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Lancashire, Justin Johnston, confirmed that eight fire engines and around 45 firefighters had been dispatched.
Large fire in commercial building ongoing. Mary St Lancaster. 8 Fire Engines 1 Ariel Ladder Platform & circ 45 firefighters #LancasterFire— DCFO Justin Johnston (@Lancs_FireDCFO) April 3, 2017
Bus services will also be unable to serve the George Street and Common Garden Street stops.
#Lancaster, due to a fire in city center services will not be able to serve George st. & Common Garden st.— Cumbria North Lancs (@StagecoachCNL) April 3, 2017