The Mall was evacuated earlier this morning.

People had to leave the shopping centre for a pre-arranged drill.

Shoppers were able to go back into the shopping centre within half an hour.

Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, said: “The Mall Blackburn was evacuated as part of our regular, planned fire drill schedule this morning.

“All procedures and instructions were followed and shoppers were able to return within half an hour.”