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.