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Kirkland businesses damaged by early-morning fire
A Kirkland strip mall is badly damaged after an early morning fire that may have started in a dry cleaning business near NE 85th street and Redmond Way. The fire was out by 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, though firefighters were keeping an eye on hot spots. Some of the businesses were a total loss. Passers-by saw the fire and started calling 911 around 3:00 Wednesday morning. Kirkland Firefighters arrived within minutes - but the flames had already spread so far that crews had to retreat outside the building and call for backup.