London‘s Westfield shopping centre in Statford has been evacuated causing a ‘stampede’.
Mass panic erupted after emergency crews raced to the east London shopping centre just after 5.15pm.
The Met Police tweeted: ‘We are aware of a fire alarm at #Westfield #Stratford, officers are at the scene. ‘We believe it’s a small fire at this early stage.
‘Will confirm with a further tweet asap.’
They later added: ‘Incident confirmed as a small fire at #Westfield #Stratford, police cordons have now been lifted.’
London Fire Brigade said: ‘We’re dealing with a small fire in #Westfield shopping centre in #Stratford. Sprinklers have activated. We’ll update when we have more soon.’
Terrified shoppers took to social media claiming people were ‘running like crazy’ as they were evacuated.