Four fire engines respond to incident at Next Outlet store on Fleetwood’s Affinity retail park

Emergency services responded to reports of a commercial building fire at Fleetwood’s Affinity retail park on Tuesday morning (May 23).
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Four fire engines from Fleetwood, Bispham, and Blackpool attended the Next Outlet store on Anchorage Road at around 9.13am.

Firefighters used a triple extension ladder and a thermal imaging camera to search the building, but the crew could find no signs of a fire.

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A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The crew handed the incident over to responsible persons at the site.

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“They were in attendance for 40 minutes.”

The Next Outlet store was temporarily closed following the incident due to a “technical fault,” but reopened later in the day at approximately 3.30pm.

“You’ll all be pleased to know that Next is now open after its earlier technical problems,” a spokesman for Affinity Lancashire said.

“We do apologise for any inconvenience caused by the unplanned closure this morning.”