The building had a flat roof, empty attic space and contained a large amount of combustible materials, which complicated fighting the blaze, according to the Kirkland Fire Department.
Several businesses were destroyed or damaged by a fire Wednesday morning at a Kirkland strip mall.
Much of the damage appeared to be concentrated at a store that sold hot tubs in the mall on Northeast 85th Street near 128th Avenue Northeast. Some store owners watched as dozens of firefighters and at least six fire engines were wrapping up their extinguishing effort around 7:45 a.m.
Six other stores were damaged, according to Kirkland Fire Department spokesman Tim Day. They include a dry-cleaning service, a juice bar, a store that sold light fixtures, another for games, a yoga studio and a paint store.
“It was stubborn,” Day said near the charred building. “We initially attacked it from the interior but there was too much fire, so we had to stop and reevaluate.”
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The building had a flat roof, empty attic space and contained a large amount of combustible materials, which complicated fighting the fire, Day said.
Firefighters were sent at 3:04 a.m. and contained the blaze by 5:39 a.m., he said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
More than 50 personnel were involved in fighting the fire from six municipalities, Day said. Two firefighters were treated on the scene for minor injuries and returned to work. No one else was hurt.