Department store evacuated over fire risk

Beales in Worthing has been evacuated. Picture: Sam Woodman

Beales in Worthing has been evacuated. Picture: Sam Woodman

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A department store in Worthing’s town centre has been evacuated due to a potential fire.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service sent two crews to Beales in South Street, Worthing after a fire alarm in the building was set off at around 1.30pm today.

The building was evacuated while fire crews investigated a reported smell of burning in the first floor retail area.

A spokesperson for the fire service said they could not comment on how long the evacuation would take.

An eyewitness spoke to the store’s staff, who confirmed what the fire service had said but added that there ‘didn’t seem to be any signs of an actual fire’.

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Beales in Worthing has been evacuated. Picture: Sam Woodman

Beales in Worthing has been evacuated. Picture: Sam Woodman

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