A fire damaged businesses in a strip mall on Highway 49 in Richland Sunday.
Richland Fire Department, Pearl Fire Department, and Monterey, Star, and Cleary volunteer fire departments responded to the call of a fire that had started at the back of the building that houses Tom’s Fried Pies, The Window and Screen Shop, Rebecca Rose Flea Market, and John Houston insurance.
The fire not only involved businesses, but also some vehicles behind the businesses, officials said.
One person was inside the building when the fire started, but she escaped when she saw the structure was on fire.
The Rebecca Rose Flea Market took the heaviest damage, not only bearing what appeared to be the brunt
of the fire, but also because there was a hot spot inside the attic area that kept relighting. To find and extinguish, part of the roof had to be knocked out to get to it. Both Rebecca Rose and the Window and Screen Shop had recently gotten in new shipments. It’s not clear how much was damaged and how much is salvageable.
This is a developing story. We will bring you more as this develops.
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