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LIVERMORE -- Six vehicles were damaged by fire sparked by intense heat in the parking lot of the Livermore Premium Outlets Saturday morning, sending smoke over the Tri-Valley for miles, fire crews reported.

The cars were not occupied at the time and no one was injured.

Damage to all six vehicles and their contents was estimated at $34,000, said Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Testa.

Four vehicles sustained major damage, one was moderately damaged and one had minor damage, fire crews reported.

It was a busy Saturday at the 120-store outlet mall and a large crowd gathered in the parking lot and watched the fires burn as crews work. Security guards, Livermore police and crews from the Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department kept people at a safe vantage point.

Crews were called to 2774 Paragon Outlet Drive in Livermore about 11:50 a.m. and knocked down the fires in a few minutes.

The fire likely started in the engine of a Toyota Camry and also damaged two Honda Accords, a Nissan Altima, a Toyota Prius and Volkswagen Beetle.

The cause of the fire was not determined but appeared to be heat related, Testa said. The temperature in Livermore on Saturday at 11 a.m. was 86 degrees but it quickly shot up and by 2 p.m. was hovering close to 98 degrees.

Before the firefighters arrived, a security guard attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but was unable to due to the size and location of fire, Testa said.

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