Smoke damages stores in Avondale strip mall

AVONDALE, AZ - Authorities say three shops in an Avondale strip mall suffered mostly smoke damage when a fire sparked in one of them Sunday night.

Avondale fire spokesman Ron Deadman said there were no injuries as a result of the fire that appeared to have started in an unoccupied shop near Western and Central avenues just before 8:30 p.m .

Deadman said the three unit strip mall also has a beauty shop and smoke shop.

The unoccupied shop is in the middle.

The fire was upgraded to a first alarm for extra manpower.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

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