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Electrical issue likely sparked Hargis Hall fire

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Auburn, AL- Auburn fire officials said Friday that an electrical issue probably caused a Thursday night fire at the historic Hargis Hall.

Firefighters got the call around 6:00 Thursday evening. According to officials, the fire started in the building's attic area and the sprinkler system turned on. There is moderate damage to the attic and water damage to the rest of the building. Crew expect the first flood of the building to be cleaned up by Monday. The second floor should be cleaned up within the next month.

Hargis Hall is located next door to Auburn's historic Samford Hall and houses the university's graduate program.

According to Auburn's website this is not the first time Hargis Hall has dealt with a fire. In 1979 the building was gutted by a fire and had to be restored using old photos of the structure. The building is named after Estes Hargis and is older than Samford Hall by a few months.

Nobody was injured as a result of the fire and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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