Massive fire guts businesses at N. Phoenix strip mall

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a huge fire at the Cave Creek Retail Center.

Some 60 firefighters responded to the strip mall at Cave Creek Road and Beverly Lane, which is north of Greenway Parkway, at about 8 p.m. Sunday.

The fire reportedly started in a smoke shop and quickly spread.

When firefighters got there, they found the fire as it began to grow and enter the mansard of the strip mall. Crews immediately called for additional resources.

Video from the scene showed massive flames shooting through the roof.

Witnesses said the flames were so intense they could feel the heat from across the street.

It took crews about an hour to knock down the fire.

In addition to hose lines on the ground, two ladder trucks poured water on the fire from above.

The fire gutted the smoke shop and a space used as a church. A vacant unit was destroyed, as well.

Other businesses sustained smoke and water damage.

"There's no power in the building," Jerry Hanen, owner of Bailey's Blind Repair, said. "There's damage from them breaking out the door. There's ceiling tile down from them checking above that. Other than that, just smoke damage."

Hanen said blinds that were ready for installation will have to be inspected to see if they are usable.

No injuries were reported.