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Fire closes satellite Auto Bureau

A fire broke out at about noon Wednesday at a West Seneca building that houses the town's satellite Auto Bureau and West Seneca's youth recreation program, county and fire officials said.

The fire was reported at 12:05 p.m. at 50 Legion Parkway, behind West Seneca Town Hall, but was extinguished within an hour, said Vigilant Fire Chief John Gullo. No one was hurt, and there was no structural damage to the building.

It started in a corridor adjacent to the Auto Bureau and appeared to have been sparked by some combustible material left near a heater, Gullo said.

The Auto Bureau will be closed indefinitely until the mess is cleaned up, said Kathleen Hochul, the newly appointed county clerk.

"We're very sorry for the inconvenience," she said. "The situation is a little bit fluid right now."

The satellite bureau is one of the county's busiest, Hochul said, with as many as 400 transactions a day.

Hochul suggested that anyone in West Seneca needing to go to an Auto Bureau should go to www.erie.gov/clerk for a map of nearby satellites.

e-mail: mbecker@buffnews.com

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