Early morning fire at Central Phoenix furniture store under investigation

Posted: Updated:
Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a furniture store in a Central Phoenix strip mall. By Catherine Holland Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a furniture store in a Central Phoenix strip mall. By Catherine Holland
Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a furniture store in a Central Phoenix strip mall. By Catherine Holland Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a furniture store in a Central Phoenix strip mall. By Catherine Holland
Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a furniture store in a Central Phoenix strip mall. By Catherine Holland Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a furniture store in a Central Phoenix strip mall. By Catherine Holland
Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a furniture store in a Central Phoenix strip mall. By Catherine Holland Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a furniture store in a Central Phoenix strip mall. By Catherine Holland
Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a furniture store in a Central Phoenix strip mall. By Catherine Holland Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a furniture store in a Central Phoenix strip mall. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning fire at a furniture store in a Central Phoenix strip mall.

Crews were called out to the Rugs and Decor Store near Fifth Street and Camelback Road at about 5 a.m.

Camelback Road was closed from Central Avenue to Seventh Street while crews battled the flames.

Firefighters on the scene encountered heavy smoke and heavy fire at the rear of the building, said Capt. Jonathan Jacobs of the Phoenix Fire Department.

"Our main goal was once we had that extinguished, we wanted to make sure that the people from the salon and the people from the lighting company [the businesses on either side of the furniture store] were going to be able to come in and go to work this morning," Jacobs explained. "We spent a lot of resources and a lot of manpower going to the structures next door to this and making sure that the fire didn't spread into there."

Firefighters were able to contain to the flames to the furniture store. There was minimal damage to the lighting store and salon; both should be open for business as usual today.

Crews went up to the roof of the furniture store and cut holes to ventilate the fire in an effort to remove some of the heat and smoke. That allowed firefighters on the ground to go inside and aggressively attack the flames.

Jacobs said there was quite a bit of merchandise in the store, which made things difficult for the firefighters.

"It's a liquidation store. It's a decor store," Jacobs said. "There's lots of furniture, lots of rugs, lots of objects that are large in stature that are hard for us to move our equipment around."

Between 40 and 50 firefighters were actively working the fire. Another team was called out, ready to rotate in if it became necessary.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and damages has not yet been estimated. Investigators have been called to the scene.

No injuries were reported.