Small fire closes National Automobile Museum in NV

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 20, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Officials at Reno's National Automobile Museum say a small fire early Friday morning will force its closure at least through the middle of next week.

Museum officials, in a statement Friday, said the fire broke out in the museum lobby and caused "limited damage" to the building and an Ed "Big Daddy" Roth custom-made trike on display near the main entrance.

They say the museum was closed Friday and will remain closed until cleanup is complete, which at the earliest should be the middle of next week.

A spokesman says the fire caused minor damage to the building and moderate damage to the Roth trike.

Fire sprinklers extinguished the blaze, and there were no injuries.

The cause of the 2:45 a.m. fire is under investigation.

The museum, which features more than 200 vehicles, is one of the nation's premier automobile museums. Most of the cars are from the collection of late casino magnate Bill Harrah.

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