Smoke was seen billowing out of the Market Street department store around noon on Sunday
A fire broke out in Debenhams in the city centre and had to be evacuated for several hours on Sunday afternoon.
Fire crews were called to the blaze on the third floor of the building – understood to be a stock room – on Market Street just before noon.
They remained there for just over two overs while the flames were put out.
One passer-by saw the fire crews at the scene.
He said: “There was a small fire today at 11:45 on the 3rd floor at Debenhams market street Manchester. The store closed for approximately two hours while fire fighters tackled the blaze. Smoke could be seen coming from a 3rd floor window.”
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said investigations are ongoing into the cause of the fire.
He said: “Crew were called to Debenhams department store building at 11.54am on Sunday.
“The fire was in a third floor stock room. Sprinklers inside the building were activated which put out the flames.
“Fire crews remained at the scene for several hours to ensure all was safe inside the building.
“A fire investigation involving the police is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.”
No one was injured in the fire.
Original source: Manchester Evening News