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AUBURN — The Auburn Fire Department responded to a call Sunday evening for multiple 18-wheeler cabs on fire at Barr Transportation Corporation at 174 York St. 

Auburn fire engines 2, 3, and 4, as well as truck 4 responded. The Auburn Police Department and a City of Auburn Ambulance were also on the scene. 

Cayuga County Dispatchers said the first call came in at 5:40 p.m.

When The Citizen arrived on the scene at 6 p.m. there were no visible flames and the fire appeared to be under control. Three 18-wheeler cabs had previously been on fire.

As of Monday afternoon, the Auburn Police Department and Auburn Fire Department were still investigating. Meanwhile, Jim Phelps, Vice President of operations at Barr Transportation, said the company was still recovering from the damage. 

"Naturally that took some juggling last night and the mechanics got some trucks ready that weren't set to go out," he said. "It's just a little bit of a setback and we had to adjust."

Fortunately, Phelps said, no one was hurt, but the fire still came as a shock to the corporation. The company was founded in Auburn in 1975 and provides trucking transportation services. 

"We've never experienced anything like this," Phelps said. "It's a tough deal." 

Staff writer Megan Ehrhart can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or Follow her on Twitter @MeganEhrhart.


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