According to the Mayor of Shallotte, in addition to the local fire and police departments, Horry County, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Shallotte Pointe, Civietown, Tri Beach, Winnabow, and Bolivia Fire Departments responded to the fire as well as county emergency services, fire inspector, the State Bureau of Investigation and NC State Highway Patrol.
The shopping center referred to as Vision Square is home to the optometry practice owned by Dr. Chris Moshoures and his wife, Karen, and Sugar Confections Bakery.
Mayor Walter Eccard says the town will work to support these local businesses.
Originally told their business was a total loss, after the smoke cleared Owner Monique Holenko and her husband, Alex, found their business only needed electrical and ceiling repair.
Dr. Chris and Karen Moshoures were also on the scene but declined to go on camera as they are still processing their loss.