Investigators say Belle View Shopping Center fire began in kitchen

Monday morning’s six-alarm fire at the Belle View Shopping Center began in the kitchen of one of the businesses in the center, the Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department said in a Tuesday press release.

The fire department did not say in their press release which specific business the fire started in, and a spokeswoman for the agency told Covering The Corridor that the department would not be naming the exact location at this time. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire, the fire department said.

Two businesses in the center suffered the most damage in the fire — Yido Sushi & Ramen, which opened just over a week ago, and Belleview Cleaners-Launderers. Each business was taped off by fire investigators on Monday morning after the fire.

Nobody was believed to be inside the shopping at the time of the fire, which was reported just after midnight by a passerby who saw smoke. One firefighter suffered minor injuries, but was treated and released, according to a Fairfax Fire and Rescue spokeswoman.

The fire caused more than $5.8 million in damages. In addition to the restaurant and the cleaners, a number of businesses in that wing of the shopping center sustained minor damage and remained closed Tuesday, including Dishes of India, Bread and Water Company, Roy Rogers, GolfTEC, Wine & Design and Spokes Etc.

Roy Rogers, a longtime tenant in the shopping center, said on social media Monday afternoon that the business will remain closed until further notice.

The owners of Wine & Design also posted on Facebook that they expected to remain closed as they assessed the damage.

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