Fire investigators ruled today that arson caused a fire that broke out at McCormick’s Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions. Investigators are seeking tips from the public. Damage was calculated today at $200,000 to the building and an additional $300,000 to the contents inside.

The fire broke out shortly before 6 p.m. Friday at the business, 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive. The blaze broke out just after employees left for the day and firefighters had to break the storefront windows to get inside to fight the flames. The roof caved in and debris had fallen onto the cars inside.

McCormick's hosts a popular car auction every year where buyers may purchase classic and hard-to-get vehicles. The most recent auction was held Nov. 27-29 in Palm Springs having $5.5 million in sales.

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