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Apple Office Building Catches Fire

No injuries have been reported in connection with the blaze at the Macintosh and iPod maker's Valley Green Six building.

A three-alarm blaze that started in an attic in an office building near Apple's headquarters appears to have started accidentally, a fire official said Wednesday.

The fire, at 20705 Valley Green Drive in Cupertino, Calif., was reported about 10 p.m. Tuesday and burned for more than three hours. No injuries have been reported.

The incident appeared to be connected to a construction crew working in the area where the blaze started, Darron Pisciotta, captain of operations for the Santa Clara County Fire Department, told InformationWeek. The work crew was the first to report the fire. More than 60 firefighters responded to the alarms.

"Whatever they were doing seemed to have some kind of effect as to how it started," Pisciotta said. He did not know the name of the company the crew worked for.

Pisciotta, however, said investigators believed the fire was an accident. "It's under investigation, but it's looking accidental."

Neither Apple nor the Fire Department had a damage estimate, but Pisciotta said it was considerable. Most of the damage was caused by water that flowed from fire hoses and sprinklers on the second floor of the two-story, 120,000-square-foot building to the first floor, he said. "There's a lot of water damage."

The fire took about an hour to bring under control and burned the roof and second level of the building. The building known as Valley Green Six or VG6 is one of six satellite offices within a city block of Apple's main campus on Infinite Loop. The site, which was built in the late 1970s or early 1980s, was reported used for research projects in the past. An Apple spokesperson said the office is "not an R&D building."

Early reports said the fire may have started under an air-conditioning unit, but Pisciotta was unable to confirm where the blaze started other than in the attic. Fire units from Santa Clara County, San Jose, Saratoga, and Los Altos responded to the blaze.

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