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AUBURN — A seared portion of the Lincoln Street parking garage in Auburn has been turned back over to the city after a number of insurance companies wrapped up an on-site fire investigation, city officials said.

A May utility vehicle fire in the parking garage's maintenance area had damaged the surrounding area and some city equipment, resulting in a partial garage closure over the past several weeks. A few parking spots above where the fire took place had been blocked off as well. 

Although the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert said Monday that the on-site part of the investigation was completed by multiple insurance companies.

Dygert told The Citizen that city officials will be "meeting this week with several companies to get a better idea of the scope of clean-up and salvage before we move on to damage estimates." 

An off-site investigation is now underway at a laboratory in Massachusetts. 

Last week, Dygert had said that a "legal battle" will likely determine which party is responsible for paying for the damages. He added that the fire-damaged area will not be an issue for the Movin' On Up Party, a concert scheduled to take place on the garage's roof from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. 

Dygert had added that regardless of the outcome, the city's primary insurance carrier will make "whatever payments are necessary" to get the garage back to being a fully functioning facility. 

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Staff writer Dan Orzechowski can be reached at (315) 282-2239 or dan.orzechowski@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @OrzechowskiDan.

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