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Employees of the Mexican restaurant saw smoke and called 911. The stores are located in the 13400 block of South Black Bob Road. (Elisa Arzabala)

Investigators were still on the scene Tuesday morning to determine how the fire started. (Chopper5)

OLATHE, KS (KCTV)

An attic fire at an Olathe strip mall quickly spread to other businesses Monday night. Restaurant workers said electrical workers had been at the salon earlier in the day.

“We just thought it was going to be smoke, but it’s ruined,” said Alia De La Torre, who was working Monday night in the restaurant that her parents opened at the location in 2010.

Her father, Salvador, said his heart was broken. at the Black Bob Corner Shopping Center. Employees of the Mexican restaurant saw smoke and called 911. The stores were located in the 13400 block of South Black Bob Road.

The workers and customers at the shopping center were able to evacuate safely.

In addition to the restaurant and nail salon, an adjacent KFC, Sprint store and other businesses were destroyed from the flames. Fronteras has two other restaurants in Johnson County and the Olathe employees will be split among those two restaurants.

Hundreds gathered in the area Monday night to watch the shopping center burn. Tuesday.

Investigators are working to determine how the fire started and whether it’s electrical in nature.

“How long it had been burning is hard to tell,” said Olathe Fire Capt. Mike Hall. “What keyed us was Fronteras’ 911 call and reporting a light haze in the north end of the building. We actually found active fire in the south end.”

The shopping center had a common attic and no firewalls, which made it easy for the flames to spread. The building, which was built in 1988 on a 2 acre lot, wasn’t required to have firewalls. The property is listed on the Johnson County tax rolls as worth $1.3 million. Janiyah Taylor passed away Monday morning in her sleep.

A local family is mourning the loss of an 11 year old girl who died unexpectedly just a few days ago. Janiyah Taylor passed away Monday morning in her sleep.

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