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Fire at Kirkland strip mall damages 10 businesses

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KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) - An early morning fire caused significant damage to 10 businesses inside a Kirkland strip mall.

KING-TV reports the fire started shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to fire officials at the scene. The fire appears to have started near a dry cleaning business at the lot.

A pawn shop, paint store and yoga studio are just a few of the 10 businesses with damage. The extent of the damage wasn't immediately known.

Residents from a nearby apartment complex evacuated because of excessive smoke.

More than 50 firefighters from multiple departments responded to help extinguish the fire.

By 6 a.m., crews had the fire under control.

Information from: KING-TV,

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