North Valley Library closed after fire

Posted at: 07/03/2013 5:22 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque library is closed Wednsday night after parts of the building caught on fire, destroying dozens of children’s books and computers.

The Bernalillo County Fire Department is looking at this as possibly arson related.

The North Valley Library usually gets about 500 visitors a day; but on Wednesday, none. “It’s such a loss to have a library out of commission for weeks like this,” said Dean Smith of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System.

“You go in and you see all these burned books,” said Diana Lorton, who works at the library.

The fire department got the call around 6 Tuesday morning. Investigators think someone intentionally set the fire. Luckily, it didn’t spread very far but smoke filled the building, making it dangerous for firefighters to go inside. “Everything is covered with smoke. Everything is blackened throughout the entire facility,” said Martin Giron with the fire department.

Investigators don’t know how someone got in. They didn’t find any open doors or windows. KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned the library does not have surveillance cameras.

“It just goes to show what our community is coming of actually,” said Leandra Cordova.

Cordova has been using the computers at the library for a couple of weeks now. She said it’s the perfect place to plan her upcoming wedding. Now, she’ll have to find somewhere else. “The public library is something that, you know, people come to you know get books or use the computer and you know it’s sad that you know people will do things like that,” added Cordova.