The cause of a six-alarm fire at the Belle View Shopping Center in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County, Virginia, remains under investigation.
The fire broke out just before midnight Sunday and fire crews remained on the scene until about 6:40 a.m. Monday.
Yellow police tape stretches in front of about two dozen businesses in the strip center.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tells WTOP that the location of where the fire started is still being determined, but it affected up to six businesses.
Owner Vanessa Moore says her soon-to-open store thankfully didn’t suffer any fire damage.
“We’re very grateful,” she said, though the fire department did need to force-entry through her store’s six doors.
The soon-to-open restaurant Revel and the Unwined wine store next door did not suffer any damage.
Michelle Lin, owner of Yido Ramen & Sushi, which had its grand opening last weekend, was not so lucky. Her store suffered among the worst of the damage.
She says she has no idea how the fire started.
One firefighter suffered a minor head injury.
There’s no word yet on damage estimates.
— Tom Lynch (@TomLynch_) October 21, 2019
WTOP’s Neal Augenstein reported from Alexandria.
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