Shoppers were evacuated from Timaru department store Ballantynes after a small fire this morning.
Staff extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher, according to Ballantynes' general manager Sharron Ballantyne.
Ballantyne said the building was evacuated within minutes of the fire being found, adding staff underwent regular fire drills.
Firefighters and police were alerted to the incident about 11.40am, and a cordon was put in place around the shop.
Timaru fire service station officer Trevor Karton confirmed a light fitting was the cause of the fire.
- The Timaru Herald