The El Sobrante Library caught fire on February 27 at about 8 pm. This fire has greatly disrupted the lives of our residents, as the library is now closed and will remain closed until the damage is repaired. The two alarm blaze was reported by one of the Friends of the El Sobrante Library at about 8:15 pm, and was extinguished by about 8:40 pm. The Friend was in the Book House behind the library, getting ready for the upcoming March book sale, which was not held. She heard what she thought was rain, but it was the crackling of the fire. She immediately called 911.
The library siding caught fire, and burned through into the staff area hallway. The fire also burned through at the roof. The damage is at the rear of the library in the parking lot. A new roof was being installed, and the roofers had put a porta-potty in the enclosure next to the dumpster in the parking lot. The Fire Marshall has deemed the fire ‘suspicious’.
Smoke filled the library, except for the front lobby. All the books are being replaced, as that is slightly cheaper than treating them for smoke residue. Some unique books and other items will be treated to remove the smoke residue. The damage is being repaired.
There is no time frame as yet for re-opening the library. If you want to be notified when the library opens again, please let me know your email, and I’ll include you on our email list for this major event. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 510-222-4698. The Friends of the Library are raising money to help with the restoration of our library at https://www.gofundme.com/help-raise-money-after-library-fire