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Fire at Boston’s Old City Hall causes $150,000 in damages

Old City Hall, which was built between 1862 and 1865, is a popular stop on the city’s Freedom Trail.
Old City Hall, which was built between 1862 and 1865, is a popular stop on the city’s Freedom Trail. Globe photo/file

A cherished Boston landmark caught fire early Saturday morning.

Smoke was coming out of the basement of the Old City Hall at 45 School St. when firefighters arrived on scene around 3:37 a.m., a fire department official said.

But the one-alarm fire was contained to one room in the basement. The building was not occupied at the time, the fire department reported on Twitter.

There were no injuries. Damages were estimated at $150,000, Marc Sanders, a department spokesman said in an e-mail.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Old City Hall, which was built between 1862 and 1865, is a popular stop on the city’s Freedom Trail. The building, which now houses private businesses, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon@globe.com.