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This note gives details of a fire which occurred in a shop facing on to a covered shopping arcade in a modern shopping centre. A number of features are of interest. Calculations show that a layer of gases at a high temperature extended beneath the ceiling of the covered arcade for its entire length and that this condition and smoke logging of the arcade must have become established in about a minute from the time when the fire in the shops flashed over. It appears that the fire brigade were called just in time to prevent extensive fire spread.