Update posted at 11:02 a.m.:
Traffic on U.S. 50 reopened at 11:00 a.m., about three hours after being shut down due to a fire at the JTS Plaza in Lawrenceburg.
Owners of businesses in the JTS Plaza say that all stores there will be closed today.
Damage from a fire that originated in the Hope's Light Thrift Store has grown to include neighboring businesses the Pirates Den Bar, Domino's Pizza, and a National Gaurd recruiting office.
The Lawrenceburg Fire Department is investigating a cause of the fire. No additional information has been released.
Update posted at 9:07 a.m.:
The Thursday morning fire at the JTS Plaza is centered in the Hope's Light Thrift Store, according to witnesses. Domino's Pizza and Pirates Den Bar are two adjacent businesses.
Dispatchers say that an employee in the thrift store suffered smoke inhalation but had not been taken to the hospital.
U.S. 50 remains closed in both directions at the fire scene because firefighters had to connect a fire house to a hydrant across the highway. Traffic is being diverted to State Roads 48 and 148.
Dispatchers did not have an estimated time on when U.S. 50 may reopen.
Original story posted at 8:37 a.m.:
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Firefighters are responding to a fire at a shopping center in Lawrenceburg Thursday.
A fire was reported at the JTS Plaza on U.S. 50 across the highway from Kroger a little after 8:00 a.m. Witnesses report black smoke billowing from the building.
It is unclear which store the fire originated in.
Firefighters have requested that U.S. 50 be closed due to the fire. A fire hose must be run across the highway.
Stay with Eagle 99.3 for the latest on this story as it develops.