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Stormy weather possibly to blame for smoke shop fire

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Weather has been wreaking havoc all over the valley this week and now Phoenix Fire investigators believe last night's storm may have sparked a fire at a valley smoke shop.

That fire left the business and it's neighbors without power.

"They were coming from the Circle K there," said Eddie Awede.

Awede was standing outside his store, the H&E smoke shop on 35th Avenue last night when people walking by alerted him of smoke billowing out back.

"It was big, it was big fire," said Awede.

Big enough he said to destroy a back room of the smoke shop and the contents of the suite next door, which laid charred and scattered outside, right under a snapped power line.

"We saw the lines that were down, so we told them the lines were down, crews handled that situation and continued fighting the fire," said Capt. Ernesto Altamirano.

Firefighters describe the blaze as fast moving. The downed power lines posted a hazard as they fought it and say it's possible the monsoon like conditions are to blame.

Those lines left more than half a dozen businesses inside the shopping center unable to open because they had no power.

Business owners are being told it could take 6-7 days before power is restored.

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