Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire Thursday evening that damaged two buildings in Auburn.

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A fire that started in a body shop in Auburn on Thursday evening and burned through most of the night left two buildings heavily damaged but caused no injuries, according to the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

Fire officials said the blaze in the P.A.N. Body Shop, 2810 Academy Dr. S.E, was first spotted at 8:25 p.m by a passerby who called 911 and alerted an employee working outside. The employee tried to put out the blaze with fire extinguishers, but he left the building when the effort failed, the fire authority said.

By the time fire crews arrived a large portion of the building was already engulfed in flames and a second alarm was called as the flames spread to an adjacent building, fire officials said.

In total, three ladder trucks, 10 fire engines and several command units from Valley Regional Fire Authority, South King Fire & Rescue, Kent Fire Regional Fire Authority and Mountain View Fire & Rescue responded.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.