Pallets and items of packaging went up in smoke during a fire outside an island supermarket over the weekend.

The incident happened near the Shoprite store in Onchan on Sunday morning.

Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving reports of a blaze at just after 9am.

Once there, crews worked quickly to fight the flames and bring the ‘small’ fire under control.

A picture from the scene released by the fire service showed smoke pouring into the sky from an area adjacent to the store.

A statement issued by the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service later in the day said the cause of the blaze is currently under investigation.

The statement read: ‘Just after 9 o’clock this morning (Sunday), Douglas crews were called to a fire outside the Shoprite store in Onchan.

‘A number of pallets and packaging were on fire, crews wearing breathing apparatus with two hose reels quickly extinguished the fire.

‘There was no damage to the shop and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.’

The Onchan supermarket is currently in its last months of trading as a Shoprite.

The island supermarket chain was bought by Tesco as part of a deal announced last year to take over all nine of the firm’s stores across the island.

Some branches, including one in Victoria Road, Douglas and another in Castletown, have already made the transition to Tesco.

At the time the Shoprite purchase was announced last year, Tesco revealed that the stores would undergo a phased closure before reopening as Tesco stores.

No date has been given as to when the Onchan Shoprite will close before reopening as a Tesco.