Fire at library causes minimal damage

A manlift is seen blocking the door to the Amsterdam library. It started a fire Wednesday morning which was quickly extinguished keeping damage to a minimum. (Photo submitted)

AMSTERDAM — The prompt response of the Amsterdam Fire Department prevented the spread of an early-morning exterior fire at the front door of the Amsterdam Free Library Tuesday.

According to a news release from the library, the fire was nearing the building’s roof when firefighters arrived on the scene at approximately 2:30 a.m. and extinguished the blaze.

A portable personnel lift being used in a roof repair project was found on fire and next to the building’s front door.

No one was injured as a result of the fire, and there was no apparent damage to the library’s collection.

While the full extent of the damage is not known at this time, some windows were broken, and scorch marks can be seen from the front steps to the roof of the building.

“It was heartbreaking to receive the call about the fire. I am so grateful for the rapid response of our fire fighters who prevented the fire from spreading, saving the building. Thankfully, nobody was hurt,” said Nicole Hemsley, library director in a news release.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

By Patricia Older

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