Fire service issue update as cause of blaze at McArthurGlen East Midlands Designer Outlet revealed

A fire investigation has determined the likely cause of a blaze which broke out at McArthurGlen’s East Midlands Designer Outlet last night.

Wednesday, 24th November 2021, 10:04 am

Emergency services were called to a fire at the shopping centre, situated on Mansfield Road, South Normanton, on Tuesday, November 23, at about 5.30pm.

Firefighters from Kirkby’s Ashfield fire station, as well as Alfreton and Chesterfield stations, supported by an aerial ladder platform and water carrier, attended the incident.

No-one was injured in the shopping centre blaze, which is believed to have been caused by an ‘accidental electrical’ issue.

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A fire at Derbyshire's McArthurGlen Designer Outlet on Tuesday is believed to have been caused by an "accidental electrical" issue (picture: Google)

A Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said last night: “At 5.35pm on Tuesday, November 23, firefighters were called to attend a fire at the rear of a retail unit at East Midlands Designer Outlet.

“Firefighters from Alfreton, Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Nottinghamshire’s Ashfield Station, supported by an aerial ladder platform and water carrier, attended the incident.

"Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the premise and extinguishing the fire which had spread to the roof space. Two adjoining retail units affected by smoke were ventilated by fire crews using two large positive pressure ventilation fans.

“The onsite management team evacuated the shopping outlet, ensuring everyone was safe. No-one was injured.

“The fire is now out and firefighters remain on scene clearing smoke using ventilation fans.

“A fire investigation has determined that the most likely cause of the fire was accidental electrical.

“The incident will be handed back into the care of the site management company later this evening.”

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Quick to act

Reports suggest the fire broke out in a small retail unit containing three shops, away from the main shopping centre.

Speaking from the scene, Station Manager Ian Snodgrass said: “The on-site management team were quick to act and safely evacuated everyone to a place of safety.

“I expect the three affected shops will remain closed for a couple of days.

“However, thanks to the swift actions of the fire crews attending who prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the outlet, it is expected East Midlands Designer Outlet will reopen for business as usual tomorrow morning, November 24.”

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