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Small Fire in a South Hutchinson Strip Mall Monday Forces Evacuations

SOUTH HUTCHINSON – A fire at a vacant store in a South Hutchinson strip mall forced the evacuation Monday of several other businesses.

A small fire was discovered at the back of a building at 507 N. Main St. just after 10:30 a.m. Responding units from the South Hutchinson and Hutchinson Fire Departments were able to contain the blaze to the point of origin.

The strip mall includes six storefronts, including a Dollar General, Ashcraft Pharmacy, and Geak Liquor.

Streets were closed for a time so lines could be laid, and other buildings evacuated.

The store, a former restaurant, is one of two in the center undergoing a remodel. A preliminary investigation indicated the cause of the fire to be electrical in nature.

All other affected businesses were allowed to reopen after the fire was out.