Fire crews are currently pumping thousands of gallons of water at Oldrids in Pescod Square shopping centre following a leak in the store’s sprinkler system.
The incident began around 2.30pm today when water started rising from the drains on the busy store’s groundfloor stationary department - resulting in the swift evacuation of customers.
Fire and Rescue’s Boston watch commander Matt King told The Standard: “The main tank that supplies their sprinkler system has sprouted a leak and caused some damage to the shop floor.
“Two fire crews from Boston and Kirton are working to pump the water out of the tank and into the town’s drains.”
Marcus Meadows, head of retail operations at Oldrids said: “The problem is to do with the reservoir below the ground which services the sprinkler system.
“It’s a swimming pool-sized area with tens of thousands of gallons of water.
“All this will have to be removed so our engineer can get in it this evening to find out what has happened.”
The water has caused extensive damage to the shop floor and some fittings, but no stock is thought to be damaged. No other businesses are thought to have been affected.
Mr Meadows added: “The fire service have been brilliant in their response and the effort they have put in - and our customers were very robust in their response too.”
Tuesday 9am - Oldrids is back open for customers.