John Lewis in Nottingham flooded in hot water pipe burst

Outside John Lewis in Nottingham
Image caption The John Lewis store is one of Victoria Centre's biggest shops

John Lewis's Nottingham city centre store has flooded after 80,000 litres of hot water leaked from a ruptured heating pipe.

"Cascading" water at a temperature of about 80C [176F] brought down a suspended ceiling at the Victoria Centre store at about 22:40 BST on Tuesday.

It poured through from a rooftop room, leaving the top floor under three inches of water.

Stock was "significantly" damaged.

The building itself was also damaged, and the shop remained closed on Wednesday.

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One firefighter said: "We were struggling to find the source of the leak.

"Crews were deployed to salvage stock, [but staff] are going to be busy for a number of days."

Image caption The damage was not evident from the outside of the building

A spokeswoman for John Lewis said the store would remain closed on Wednesday as there was no power or lighting.

She added: "We are assessing the damage and have already started the clean-up operation, which will continue as our partners arrive for work this morning."

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