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Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Engineer John Hatges, left, and firefighter Ed White finish extinguishing an engine fire in a Cessna 152 at the Livermore Airport on Saturday morning. No one was injured in the fire, which ignited as a pilot tried to start the plane's engine.

LIVERMORE -- A small plane was heavily damaged after a fire began Saturday morning as the pilot tried to start its engine at the Livermore airport.

No one was injured.

The fire was reported at 9:38 a.m. in an outdoor plane parking area near the airport's control tower. Firefighters arrived about 13 minutes later and quickly extinguished the blaze, keeping it confined to the plane's engine compartment, according to Battalion Chief Joe Testa of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

The plane was a 35-year-old Cessna 152 owned and operated by the Flying Particles flying club of Livermore, Testa said. The fire was likely related to the battery and was not suspicious, he added.

The pilot told firefighters that the plane might be a total loss due to the cost of repairing it.

The Flying Particles club was founded in 1957 by employees of the old University of California "Radiation" Laboratory who wanted to share the costs of plane ownership, according to its website. The club owns three Cessna planes -- including the one damaged in the fire Saturday -- and a Piper.

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