Fire Destroys Six Businesses at Indio Strip Mall
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
A strip mall is reduced to rubble after it is destroyed in an early morning fire.
The three-alarm fire erupted shortly after 4:30 Friday morning at Kristen Plaza..which is on the corner of Highway 111 and Monroe street.
The blaze caused millions of dollars of damage and shut down Highway 111 for hours, but luckily no one was hurt.
Flames ripped through business after business, firefighters battled the intense inferno leaving a lake of water in the street.
Business owners are now looking at the skeletons of where their stores once stood.
"We woke up, my mom told us to get ready because she told us that the Taco Shop was on fire," said Haile Negrete, whose grandmother owns taco shop.
Hailey's family has owned that taco shop for two decades, now their livelihood is a pile of rubble.
"I was thinking oh my gosh, a lot of memories were lost," said Hailey.
The fire consumed seven businesses, one vacant.
Indio resident, Vince Maltese, saw the fire this morning and stopped to shoot video.
"As I was filming the video, I saw firefighters trying to cut open the multiple doors on the side, and as they were cutting open the doors the one back wall collapsed around them."
Vince worried as firefighters cut into the walls.
"I was getting nervous and thinking it was going to fall on them next, and then I heard a captain tell them to get back, the rest of the wall might cave in," said Maltese.
No one was hurt fighting the fire, but it was a very intense battle against the flames.
"We were trying to play catch with it and try to stop it as best we could, but it just kept on getting ahead of us so it was very intense for the first half an hour, 45 minutes," said Calfire Captain Scott Visyak.
The other half of the strip mall was saved by firefighters.
"We're looking at about a two million dollar loss, but we are also looking at a six million dollar save, the crews did an excellent job of stopping and holding this fire to the east side of the strip," said Visyak.
Now the cleanup, crews tore down the unstable walls buckling from the fire and fire investigators sort through the rubble.
Fire investigators say the blaze began at the Fish Market, but they are still working on finding out what caused the fire.