Mullingar shopping centre evacuated after fire

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Crews fought the flames as the fire quickly spread
Crews fought the flames as the fire quickly spread
A serious explosion resulted from the fire
A serious explosion resulted from the fire
Emergency services attended the scene
Emergency services attended the scene

A shopping centre in Co Westmeath has been evacuated due to a fire.

Gardaí say the fire broke out in a storage shed behind Penneys and the Marks & Spencer shop on Grand Parade.

The fire quickly spread and led to a serious explosion.

A number of cars were also damaged in the blaze.

The scene was sealed off for a forensic examination to be carried out.