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Clothing store damaged by early morning fire at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

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SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is surveying damage following an early morning fire.

Fire crews from five different departments were called to the new mall about 2 a.m. Wednesday.  Mall spokeswoman Gina Slechta says the fire started in the Aeropostale store, and smoke detectors were able to sound an alarm.  

Simpsonville Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder says an electrical issue caused the fire that started in a light display. Sprinklers in the store helped contain the fire, but it still took crews 20 minutes to put the fire out. He says there is significant water damage to Aeropostale.  Toys 'R Us is the other store that was damaged with smoke and water.

The Outlet Shoppes spokeswoman says there was no damage to the surrounding buildings, and the mall opened on time today.  Aeropostale and Toys 'R Us remain closed.

Gina Slechta, the Outlet Spokeswoman says, "We had a small fire that was in our Aeropostale store. Fortunately our alarm system and our sprinkler systems did their job and actually put out the fire."

Initially, there were blue tarps over the clothing. Fire crews pulled out charred debris. Hours later, looking in the store window, you can see water on the floor.

Slechta said, "We don't have an assessment on the damage yet. We're working to assess that, but it was a small fire and we have more smoke damage than anything."

Last month, heavy rain caused a mess. Pictures show where the water came up the drains in the middle of the Mall and down the walls at Gap and Banana Republic.

Slechta said, "The flooding was a false report. There was a whole quarter of a cup of water that was in that particular store and as far as the fire is concerned...it was inside the store, in a store space. It wasn't the shopping center itself."

The rest of the outlet mall opened as normal.

No word on when the two stores will reopen.

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is about 30 minutes east of Louisville, and it is the only outlet mall in Kentucky.  It opened July 31 to huge crowds.

There will be more than 90 stores and restaurants at the mall once all are opened this fall.  Some of the stores include: Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Ghiradelli, Ann Taylor, Gymboree, Michael Kors, J. Crew, White House Black Market, Nike, Old Navy, Osh Kosh B'Gosh and many more.

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