Firefighters are tackling a blaze in central Chichester tonight, with four crews still on scene, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed.
The smell of smoke is filling the air in North Street, where the high street area has been cordoned off while firefighters tackle the fire, first reported in St Martins Square at 10.17pm.
Firefighters were seen using breathing apparatus and hose reel jets outside the now smoke-filled shoe shop Hotter.
A spokesman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service confirmed five crews were initially called to the incident.
He added: "We would urge people to avoid the area to allow crews to bring the fire under control."
It comes in the same week as a large fire at Westhampnett recycling plant, which is expected to burn for several days.