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AAI Power-Flo Technologies operates at 70 Wright Circle in Auburn.

An Auburn manufacturing business where an industrial oven fire took place Saturday was "fully functioning" by Monday morning, its local manager said.

The Auburn Fire Department received a call for a fire alarm activation at electrical equipment distributor AAI Power-Flo Technologies, at 70 Wright Circle, early Saturday morning. Assistant Fire Chief Mark Fritz said later that day that firefighters had found "smoke pushing out of every area it could find its way out of." The interior was full of heavy smoke from a fire in an appliance that the fire department called a furnace, which firefighters extinguished in minutes, Fritz said.

AAI branch manager Walt Provost said the business was operating by 6:30 a.m. Monday, with no structural damage to the building. The main damage is soot that remained after the fire was extinguished, he said.

The appliance that caught fire, an electric motor baking oven, didn't appear to be "heavily damaged" but was not being used on Monday for safety reasons, Provost said. The ovens are necessary to dry out motor windings after cleaning.

Provost said the company was waiting for an appraiser to visit this week to determine the monetary value of the damages.

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