Shoppers at the Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston were praised after the mall was evacuated at around 4.40pm this afternoon.
The management implemented standard emergency procedure after a fire alarm went off in the centre’s Debenhams store.
Centre manager Keith Mitchell commented, at around 5pm: “Everyone is safely back in.
“We evacuated the centre under advice from Lancashire Fire Service, under normal practice, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
“The whole process took around 15 minutes before we were able to get everyone back in.
“The shoppers were very understanding and responded really well.”