PEORIA, AZ - Peoria fire was called to a strip mall Tuesday night near 99th avenue and Peoria avenue for a 2nd alarm fire.
Almost immediately fire crews had to go defensive, meaning they couldn't get inside and had to focus on preventing the fire from spreading to neighboring shops.
Peoria fire Captain Tony Neely said, "(Usually), our first goal is to get inside and do a search. There was so much fire, we couldn't risk putting crews in there."
The fire began inside a beauty college that wasn't equipped with sprinklers. Investigators are treating the case as an arson case.
Three gas cans were discovered in the parking lot and are being considered as evidence, according to investigators.
Four businesses were directly impacted. Two units in the middle of the mall had fire damage, the others had smoke damage.
Fire crews will be investigating the scene Wednesday.
Stay with abc15.com for updates on this fire.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Click on the region names in the map below to see news from that region.
Things To Do
We’ve turned a corner! The weather is warming up so it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy some fantastic weather.
RIGHT NOW: Top Stories
The next storm system is moving through Arizona bringing chances for rain and mountain snow to our state overnight Thursday. Find out if those chances will be sticking around on Friday.
The family of an officer killed earlier this year in a crash caused by a distracted driver says they plan to sue both the big rig driver and trucking company.
Authorities say golfer Tiger Woods' stepbrother was arrested in Phoenix Thursday after calling in a fake bomb threat to the building where he works.
Candy Crush and Farmville among games part of class action settlement.
The last time we saw Doan on the ice was Dec. 4 against the Flames. Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders marks the third game he’s missed.
The spectacular annual Geminid meteor shower kicks into high gear Thursday night, NASA said, and people around the world will be able to enjoy it.