Sacramento library to reopen Saturday after firebomb damages 1,000 books

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  • A few of the books left scorched by an arson fire at the Arden-Dimick library January 3rd.
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Library officials expect the Arden-Dimick Library to reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 after a Molotov cocktail device dropped into the building's book return, caused extensive fire and water damage early Monday morning.

The fire caused by the device set off the fire suppression system causing water to soak the carpet, walls and ceiling tiles inside the library, located at 891 Watt Avenue, said Don Burns with the Sacramento Public Library. The fire damaged about 1,000 items in the book return area of the facility.

"There appears to be more damge from water than from the fire," said Rivkah Sass, Sacramento Public Library director. "Water did flow from the book return area into the main rooom of the branch, soaking approximately 5,000 square feet of carpet."

Library employees said the hardcover books soaked by the sprinklers could probably be restored. Burns said no computers or electronic equipment were damaged and no one was injured in the incident.

The library was immediately closed Monday to begin cleanup.

Authorities plan to review surveillance video outside the library for clues to the person responsible.

Patrons may return materials to any Sacramento Public Library branch. The two nearest locations to the damaged library are:

- Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Avenue in Sacramento, open Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

- Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Avenue in Carmichael, open Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920.

News10/KXTV and The Associated Press

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