An early morning fire in Kirkland caused significant damage to 10 businesses inside a strip mall at the intersection of NE 85th Street and 128th Avenue NE.

The fire started shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to fire officials at the scene. The fire appears to have started near a dry cleaning business at the lot.

A pawn shop, paint store and yoga studio are just a few of the 10 businesses with damage; the extent of which is not yet known.

Residents from a nearby apartment complex evacuated because of excessive smoke.

More than 50 firefighters from multiple departments responded to help extinguish the fire. By 6 a.m., crews had the fire under control.

10 businesses damaged in Kirkland strip mall fire. Smoke is forcing some nearby residents out of their homes.

Posted by Ted Land on Wednesday, September 12, 2018