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Large fire burns businesses at Kirkland strip mall

Firefighters worked to put out a large fire at a Kirkland strip mall Wednesday morning.

PHOTOS: Fire burns Kirkland strip mall

The fire in the Rose Hill area on Northeast 85th Street near 128th Avenue Northeast was called out just after 3 a.m.

Firefighters say the fire may have started inside Rose Hill Cleaners, where the heaviest flames were seen. Crescent Lighting Supply was also burned in the fire.

All of the 10 businesses in the strip mall were affected to some extent by smoke, fire or water, according to Kirkland fire spokesman Tim Day. All the businesses share the same attic space and the fire spread to the roof, part of which collapsed.

Forty firefighters and multiple ladder trucks responded and crews cut holes in the roof to fight the flames.

The fire had to be fought defensively from the outside because the building was too dangerous to enter.

No injuries were reported.

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