Firefighters battle second-alarm fire at Phoenix strip mall

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PHOENIX -- More than 80 firefighters battled a fire at a central Phoenix strip mall early Sunday morning.

The second-alarm fire broke out near Seventh Avenue and Osborn Road around 1:30 a.m.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Aaron Ernsberger said that after firefighters determined no one was inside the businesses, they had to go into a defensive strategy to protect nearby structures. They were able to keep the flames from spreading outside the strip mall.

"When they showed up, they had a fast-moving fire with high heat, high smoke," Ernsberger said. "The fire was very hard to find, and it came to the point where they had to start protecting exposures around the building. So, at that point, we made a decision from a safety standpoint to go to a defensive position."

Four businesses, including a video store and a salon, were destroyed.

The fire is under investigation.

No injuries were reported.