A car is on fire in a car park at Lakeside. 

Large plumes of smoke can be seen billowing above the shopping centre. 

It is believed that the fire is contained to a car in the car park closest to House of Fraser, and the shopping centre is not affected. 

Residents have reported that part of the shopping centre has been evacuated as a precaution. 

Both Essex Fire and Lakeside have been contacted for comment. 

More to follow.