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An automatic sprinkler system installed in the garage of a Corvallis townhouse worked to quickly knock down a car fire on Sunday evening, the Corvallis Fire Department reported.

Jim Patton of the Fire Department said the fire broke out at about 6:45 p.m. in the engine compartment of a Ford Escape parked in one of the garage units of the townhouse, in the 300 block of 25th Street. The owner of the car had recently parked the vehicle and was upstairs, in the townhouse's living area.

Patton said the sprinkler system limited damage to the garage, and prevented the car from being consumed, even though the vehicle likely is totaled. 

Occupants of the townhouse were evacuated, but no injuries were reported. Residents were able to return to the townhouses after the fire was extinguished. 

The cause of the fire was not immediately known Sunday night. Three engines and a medical unit responded to the scene.

A fire Friday night in a trailer in the 200 block of Southwest 53rd Street destroyed the trailer, although the occupant was able to escape without injury.

Patton said that fire occurred about 9 p.m. The occupant, a male adult, was awake at the time the fire broke out and was able to make his way out of the trailer. He was the only occupant of the trailer.

By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the trailer was fully engaged. Firefighters were able to douse the trailer and also prevented damage to nearby units.

Four engines and a medical unit responded to the fire, Patton said. The cause has not yet been determined. 

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