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AUBURN — Part of the parking garage in downtown Auburn has been closed after a fire damaged the structure Saturday.

Auburn Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Grady said the call came in for a utility vehicle on fire at the garage around 2:30 p.m. He said personnel extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes.

Grady said that while the bulk of the damage was confined to the storage room the vehicle was in, there was some heat and smoke damage beyond that area. Parts of the garage's entrance were visibly damaged.

The cause of the vehicle fire had not been determined Saturday afternoon and the investigation was ongoing, Grady said, adding that no one was injured in the incident.

The fire department later said that the first floor of the garage was open to the public, but the upper levels were not, and the power had been shut off. This was done so the damaged electrical systems can be isolated and power can be restored to the rest of the building. The fire department said a structural engineer would probably check out the building Sunday or Monday.

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Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or kelly.rocheleau@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.

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