An early morning fire Monday at a Roselle shopping center caused at least $500,000 damage and forced the temporary closure of six businesses, including a hardware store and a pizza restaurant.
Firefighters responded around 1 a.m. to the fire at Cross Creek Commons shopping center at the southeast corner of Plum Grove and Nerge roads.
When emergency crews arrived four minutes later, they found fire and heavy smoke coming from the facade above the main entrance to Pop’s Pizza & Sports Bar.
“We had a significant amount of fire showing at the front main entrance to the restaurant,” Fire Chief Dan Anderson said.
The blaze spread along the facade in either direction, including the area above the neighboring Roselle Ace Hardware.
“That’s where the bulk of the fire was,” Anderson said.
Firefighters spent more than an hour battling the blaze before bringing it under control.
No one was inside the U-shaped shopping center when the fire began and no firefighters were injured.
During the blaze, flames spread to part of the ceilings of the Pop’s and Ace businesses. The interior of both businesses became filled with heavy black smoke “from floor to ceiling,” Anderson said.
“The fire didn’t go as far, but it still created a ton of damage,” he said.
Pop’s and Ace each sustained significant smoke and water damage. Four other neighboring businesses — a shoe repair shop, dental office, a dry cleaner and a hair salon — suffered smoke damage.