A one-alarm fire forced the evacuation of about 300 shoppers from about 25 stores in the Cherry Hill Mall shortly after 9:45 last night.
The fire started in the Christmas Store, a temporary shop that sells ornaments, wreaths and cards, located near the food court in the section of the mall facing Haddonfield Road.
No one was hurt, according to Michael Saraceni, chief of Fire District 5 in Cherry Hill.
The fire did not spread to other stores, but smoke poured into the corridors, and fire officials evacuated people from shops between the food court and the Strawbridge & Clothier store. The remainder of the mall, which has about 192 stores, was not closed. The entire mall, with the possible exception of the Christmas Store, is expected to be open today.