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Skywalker Ranch fire: Early Tuesday morning, a fire caused minor damage at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch, the Star Wars creator's filmmaking outpost in northern California.

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In this 2011 file photo, "Darth Vader" accepts the Ultimate Villain award from "Star Wars" creator George Lucas during the Scream Awards, in Los Angeles. The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. and the 'Star Wars' franchise for $4.05 billion. A new film is slated for 2015.

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Authorities say a shipping and receiving facility at filmmaker George Lucas's ranch north of San Francisco, known as Skywalker Ranch, was damaged in a small fire Tuesday morning.

Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Giannini described the damage as minimum to moderate and said it involved office furniture and other office-type materials.

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The fire was reported around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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There were no injuries.

Fire officials believe an electric motor in an exhaust fan in the ceiling was to blame.

Skywalker Ranch sits on about 6,000 acres and serves as Lucas's filmmaking outpost.