Fire damage forces closing of Randallstown library


The Randallstown library will be closed indefinitely because of damage from an early morning fire yesterday, Baltimore County fire and library officials said.

The library, at 8604 Liberty Road, sustained about $250,000 in damage, said Capt. Glenn Blackwell of the Baltimore County Fire Department. The cause of the one-alarm fire, which started about 6 a.m. in what Blackwell described as a back workroom, spread to the roof. It was brought under control at 10:59 a.m., then briefly flared up again around 3 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

James H. Fish, director of the Baltimore County library system, said county workers will pump water and clear debris from the library today. Library officials won't know how long the branch will be closed until they assess the extent of the damage, he said.

The back of the library appeared to be a "total loss," Fish said, while the stacks appeared to suffer mostly smoke and water damage.

"[The stacks] were not a total loss at all," Fish said. "We want to minimize the down time of the branch, but we don't know what the down time is yet. Hopefully, [this week] we'll get a clear view."

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