By Dan Koob

BROOKHAVEN, Pa. (CBS) — A fire damaged several businesses in a Delaware County strip mall. The call came in around 4 a.m. Saturday to the 4600 block of Edgmont Avenue in Brookhaven.

Fire officials say the fire that originated inside Cocco’s Pizzeria in Brookhaven was so intense that it forced them backward.

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“We tried to go in there and do an interior attack got in about 40 feet. We had to go back out and go into a defensive mode it got up into the roof in the and air conditioning on us,” Brookhaven Fire Marshall Charles Leslie said.

From there the fire spread, taking with it large areas of roofing, windows and three businesses.

Leslie says they are now investigating how the fire began. Fortunately, no one was injured.

“Very catastrophic. It’s a great loss for the borough and with COVID going on it’s just a shame,” one person said.

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“Devastating. Destroyed,” Susan Dehaven of Brookhaven said.

Dehaven frequents Rosie’s Perfect Nails which now has been reduced to ash.

“I’ve been a longtime customer and they’ve just been trying to say afloat with everything so this is tragic,” she said.

Three businesses alongside Edgemont Avenue are now gone, but those who live here vow to help bring them back.

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“This is a real community and it sad did them. But we’ll pull together. We will pull together here,” Dehaven said.