Fire Breaks Out At Shopping Center

Several businesses in a Jacksonville shopping center were damaged after a fire Tuesday night.

Jacksonville firefighters say they spent several hours fighting the fire at the Triangle Shopping Center, at the intersection of Highways 17 and 258 in Jacksonville.

Crews were called to the scene around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, when a nightclub, The Cave, started filling up with smoke. Firefighters from Jacksonville and Camp Lejeune were dispatched.

Fire officials say they determined the fire started inside the vacant Movie Gallery, next to the night club.

A preliminary investigation suggests the fire may have been caused by an electrical malfunction in the light ballast that controlled the neon lights at the movie business.

The fire gutted the movie business while there was also significant damage to the nightclub.

No one at the nightclub and none of the firefighters were injured.

Owners of The Cave said they hope to be able to reopen Wednesday night. That nightclub received a lot of smoke, plus damage to its ceiling and electrical system.

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