Lincoln Fire and Rescue workers respond to a fire on Tuesday at 211 S. 20th St. 

Chemicals found by Lincoln firefighters inside a vacant downtown building Tuesday morning weren't drug-related, a city fire investigator said Wednesday.

The chemicals found in the basement at 220 S. 20th St. were left over from when the building was occupied by Fisher Foods Ltd., Investigator Damon Robbins said.

Police and city health inspectors were called to the warehouse to determine whether the chemicals were used to make drugs or were hazardous.

"Due to the nature of the building being vacant for the last five years, they wanted make sure there was no clandestine meth lab," Robbins said.

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He believes the fire started early Tuesday when a trespasser left a bathroom light on.

That lightbulb overheated and ignited the fire that caused $50,000 damage to the building valued at $163,300, Robbins said.

A couple of firefighters suffered minor injuries, fire officials said.

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