A fire broke out UpTown Waterloo on King Street North, at Ish and Chips (a fish and chip shop), and a vacant convenience store. 39 and 41 King North respectively.

No one was hurt and Waterloo Fire Rescue Public Education Officer John Percy writes in a media release that investigators will continue their work Friday morning, in attempt to discover a cause.

Residents and business operators had been evacuated while fire crews worked to stop the fire. Co-owner of neighbouring business, Mom’s Tattoo Shop, Kate Geo, tells 570 News she is “devastated,” and hopes her neighbours cats made it out safe.

Andy from Carry On Comics, located right across the street from Ish and Chips, spoke with 570′s Michelle Dyer while the fire raged, “All I can see is a fire truck in the middle of the road, every once in a while I can see the building, but it looks like the top of the building is gone.”

Percy told 570 News weather conditions made fighting the fire difficult, “The wind condition changed, it made King Street very difficult to see the fire.”

A preliminary damage estimate from Waterloo Fire Rescue is over $500, 000.

Mike.McCulloch@rci.rogers.com