Shoppers were injured this morning when the ceiling of a Bridgend town centre store collapsed.
The Homebargains store in Market Street was cordoned off after a partial ceiling collapse shortly after 11:30am.
Four people were taken to hospital for treatment, but their injuries are said to be minor.
Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, said: “A section of the roof above the main entrance of the store in Bridgend collapsed earlier today.
“Five people were involved in the incident, of which four were taken to hospital.
“Home Bargains is dealing with the incident as a matter of urgency. I will be on site with structural engineers and health and safety officers to assess the damage to the building.
“This particular store unit was built in the late 1970s and we’ve been renting it for the past three years. We are also in contact with the landlord regarding a full inspection of the property.
“This is a very upsetting situation; the welfare of all our customers and staff is of the utmost importance to Home Bargains. We will endeavour to ensure that this incident is dealt with safely and efficiently.”
Poundstretcher and the Jobcentre either side of the store were evacuated as a precaution.
A spokesperson from Bridgend County Borough Council said the authority was working with emergency services to assess the extent of the damage to the the stores affected and to ensure the safety of the public