Two businesses closed for Friday after Southern Plaza fire

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Some businesses are closed Friday after a fire inside a shopping center on the city's south side.

It happened just after 8:00 am at the Southern Plaza shopping center off of S. East Street.

Investigators say the fire started in the Sally Beauty Supply store and a worker at a nearby business noticed everything at about 8:00 am.

"I came up and I saw all these fire trucks and I was like - oh, my God!" said Amy Bell, PJ's Beauty student.

Amy Bell is one of dozens of PJ's Beauty Supply students at Southern Plaza who arrived at school only to be told class had been canceled.

"A little disappointed, but we had a test today, so it's not all bad," said Bell.

Next door to the school are two businesses badly damaged by the fire: the beauty store where the fire started and the bank right next door.

"There's an employee of BMO Bank that arrived at 8:00 reporting for work as normal. He's the one who reported the fire. He said that he pulled up and noticed the heavy smoke coming from the roof area and he called 911," said Capt. Rita Reith, Indianapolis Fire Department.

Firefighters quickly got the fire under control in about 20 minutes. Chopper 13 HD showed them at work on the roof of the shopping center.

"There's a rubber membrane roof and they're peeling that back just to make sure they get all the hot spots underneath that roof," said Capt. Reith.

Huge fans blew the smoke out of the affected businesses. With various chemicals inside the beauty store, firefighters say it's good that they got to the fire when they did to avoid possible explosions.

Most of the stores had not opened when the fire had been reported, meaning no one had to be evacuated and no one was hurt.

BMO Harris Bank and Sally Beauty Supply are expected to be closed for the rest of Friday. The other businesses are expected to be open while the cause remains under investigation.