Crews battle fire at N. Phoenix strip mall

PHOENIX - Authorities said crews had a tough time fighting a fire in a North Phoenix strip mall Sunday night.

The fire was reported just after 7 p.m. at the mall near Sweetwater Avenue and Cave Creek Road.

Phoenix fire Capt. Larry Nunez said the first-alarm fire was called in by several people driving by and seeing thick black smoke.

Crews got through the front of the business but had a tough time getting through two security doors in back to fight the fire, Nunez said. He said the business, Once More Decor, is full of furniture and antiques.

Nunez said the fire started in the back room of the store.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire which is under investigation.

Nunez said there was a lot of smoke damage inside the business.

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