Regional
7:44 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Fire Forces Closure Of Albuquerque Branch Library

Dozens of children's books and computers have been destroyed by a fire at an Albuquerque library.

City officials say the library will likely be closed for a few weeks due to the fire that was started inside the building early Wednesday. Officials say there's significant flame andĀ smoke damage.

The Bernalillo County Fire Department is investigating whether arson might be involved. Authorities say it appears someone set a bunch of books on fire inside the North Valley Library.

Firefighters got the call around 6 a.m. when a city worker noticed smoke coming from the library.

The library usually gets about 500 visitors every day. The staff will be reassigned to other locations while the damage is repaired.

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