Emergency services are dealing with a large property fire on De Wint Avenue in the Moorland area of Lincoln.
The fire began at around 4.30pm. By 6pm, the fire was still burning at the ground floor of the building.
Reports indicate the fire is in the former Co-op building.
Some residents have reported hearing an explosion at the property.
The cause has not yet been identified and it’s not known if anyone was injured.
Plumes of black smoke filled the area and neighbours were told to stay indoors.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and Lincolnshire Police are in attendance.
Dave Gilbert, incident commander for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Eight crews are in attendance at a fire in De Wint Avenue in Lincoln.
“The fire was initially fierce but has now been brought under control by the 50 firefighters at the scene.
“Crews will be in attendance for some hours to make the premises safe. While the risk to health is low, there is still smoke in the area and local residents are advised to keep their windows and doors closed until further notice.
“Motorists are advised to avoid the area as road closures are in place.
“The cause of the fire is not yet known.”
There are eight appliances attending, and three main jets and hose reels.
Road closures are in place in the area and around Shannon Avenue, Boswell Drive and Webster Close.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area and seek alternative routes if possible.
Update: At 8pm, cordons have been put up around the area and are expected to remain there for some time. No official statement has been made.
This is a developing story and will be updated once more information is available.