Firefighters responded to a major fire that seriously damaged multiple businesses in a strip mall Glendale Monday morning.
Multiple fire vehicles were on the scene as smoke and flames rose dramatically from the Glen-Howard Plaza in the 600 block of East Glenoaks Boulevard (map).
The blaze was knocked down at 11:44 a.m., according to a tweet from the Glendale Fire Department, after several businesses in the single-story structure appeared to have burned.
At least five businesses sustained damage: a deli, a pizzeria, a beauty salon, a dry cleaners and a discount store.
Witnesses said the fire started in the dry cleaners and spread to adjoining businesses.
Ten residents of nearby homes were affected by an evacuation order, which was done as a precaution, according to a Glendale police sergeant on scene.
The owner of the Glenoaks Deli, which was damaged, said he had recently purchased the business and invested in renovating it. The deli appeared to be a total loss, but he had insurance, he said.
The blaze, concentrated in the corner of the L-shaped building, was burning shortly before 10:30 a.m.
Glenoaks Boulevard was closed between Geneva and Jackson streets and was expected to reopen at 2 p.m.
KTLA’s Eric Spillman contributed to this article.