A car in a parking structure near Mary Markley Residence Hall caught fire as its owner arrived for work at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, destroying the vehicle and causing minor damage to the garage.
Police and fire officials at the scene said no one was hurt by the flame. In addition to destroying the car, a 1992 Lexus ES 300, the fire may have also caused smoke damage to nearby vehicles.
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown said there was some damage to a nearby electrical conduit, but the damage did not affect the garage’s lighting or any other electrical functions. Brown said officials don’t yet know whether there was any structural damage. She said an inspector will examine the area on Thursday.
Seven parking spots were closed for safety concerns.
The fire department received notice of the fire at 3:22 p.m. and arrived at about 3:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Cook said.
Cook said it took less than 30 minutes to douse the flame. Firefighters had some trouble getting water to the car because of the garage’s architecture, he said, adding that they had to cut open the Lexus’s hood because the fire had sealed it shut.