Burnaby's Metrotown library to close until further notice after fire

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The Bob Prittie Metrotown branch of the Burnaby Public Library has been closed until further notice after a fire early Tuesday. (Burnaby Public Library - image credit)
The Bob Prittie Metrotown branch of the Burnaby Public Library has been closed until further notice after a fire early Tuesday. (Burnaby Public Library - image credit)

The Burnaby Public Library's Metrotown location has been closed indefinitely due to a fire.

According to Beth Davies, chief librarian at BPL, a small fire took hold outside the Bob Prittie Metrotown library sometime on Monday night.

The fire was hot enough to break a window, according to Davies, and subsequently spread into the children's section of the library.

It was doused by the library's sprinkler system, but the resulting water, fire and smoke damage have closed the location indefinitely. Davies said it was likely the location would eventually reopen after a few days of repair.

"We've probably had about 200 machines on site ... We're working really hard to get it open as soon as possible for staff and public," Davies told CBC News.

"We're looking at, at least, a couple of days and possibly longer until we're open to the public."

Some of the books were drenched beyond repair after sprinklers came on, according to Davies, and they will need to be replaced.

No cause has yet been identified for the fire. No injuries were reported.

Library patrons who want to return books are encouraged to drop them off at one of the BPL's other locations.

Anyone seeking to pick up a held book will have their reservation extended by a week.

The BPL's other locations are in the Sullivan Heights, North Burnaby, and Highgate neighbourhoods.

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