A fire damaged half a dozen businesses at a shopping complex in Leola.

The fire started around 7:15 a.m. Sunday at a nail salon in the Village Center on the 200 block of West  Main Street. 

According to Upper Leacock Fire Company Assitant Chief Sam Huber, the owners of the complex were staying in an apartment in the complex and didn’t know there was a fire until someone pounded on their door. They were able to get out safely. The area of the building where they were staying was not damaged. 

There are 12 businesses in the complex and six have some level of damage, according to Huber. 

Huber said fire crews had a couple of challenges, the fire was deep in the old building that had some extensive renovations over the decades. It was also difficult getting a lot of volunteer firefighters on a Sunday morning. 

Crews removed the roof from the fire building as high wind gusts are expected Sunday night.

A State Police fire marshal is investigating the cause.