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Small fire at former Herald building; no damage or injuries

A small fire early Saturday at the old Miami Herald building in downtown, apparently the result of “mischief” by youths, set off the sprinkler system but caused no damage.

Fire inspectors and building guards at the scene said wooden pallets were set on fire on the third floor of the press area, but the smoke set off the sprinkler system and no damage was reported.

Some youths apparently managed to get into the empty building and set off the fire for “mischief,” one person at the scene said. Whoever started the fire ran off, he added.

Herald Director of Operations Gus Perez said street-type graffiti was found near the site of the fire.

The building was bought in 2011 by Genting, a Malaysia-based gaming company. The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald moved to the company’s new headquarters in Doral in mid-May.

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