UPDATE: THINGS have returned to normal at Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, after a fire sparked an evacuation.
BIG W staff have been allowed to return to work after smoke was spotted a bit before 8.00am on Thursday.
EARLIER: BIG W staff have been evacuated from Runaway Bay Shopping Centre after a fire broke out.
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It is understood the blaze started in a switchboard just before 8.00am on Thursday.
Three crews were called to the scene at Lae Drive and managed to put the fire out within half an hour.
Staff have since returned to work, after the building was aired out.
The centre was expected to open at the usual time.