Man taken to hospital after shopping centre fire on Easter Monday

Five fire engines with 22 personnel were initially dispatched to the Rivergate in Irvine.

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A man has been taken to hospital after a fire broke out at a shopping centre in North Ayrshire.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called to Irvine’s Rivergate mall shortly before 8am on Easter Monday.

A spokesperson for the service told STV News that five fire engines with 22 personnel were initially dispatched to the building blaze at 7.55am.

Three appliances and 15 firefighters were still in attendance at 9.30am.

The Rivergate was closed while emergency services worked at the scene and a member of staff was taken to hospital as a precaution, a spokesperson for the mall told STV News.

The centre reopened a short time later.

The Rivergate is located in the centre of town and also acts as a bridge over the River Irvine.

A spokesperson for the mall said: “We experienced a small fire in one of our plant rooms. The fire service dealt with it very quickly and the centre was closed for a short period.

The centre is now fully re-opened and operating as normal. We thank all of our retailers and members of the public for their patience and understanding.”