Fire Damages Library in Pacific Palisades

PACIFIC PALISADES (CNS) - A fire damaged a Los Angeles Public Library branch in Pacific Palisades today, but no one was hurt.

Firefighters sent to 861 N. Alma Real Drive at 7:10 a.m. extinguished the flames in 58 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“An automatic alarm with several sprinkler activations was upgraded to a structure fire by (the) first arriving truck at a library,'' Nicholas Prange of the LAFD said in a statement shortly after the fire was reported.

“Firefighters are taking measures to protect the books as much as possible from water and smoke damage, while attacking the fire,'' Prange said.

Prange said 28 firefighters performed “a coordinated fire attack, with vertical ventilation and salvage operations.''

Investigators were seeking the cause of the fire, which apparently started in the attic, Prange said.

“Firefighters saved nearly all of the books inside, while extinguishing the flames and stopping the water flow from automatic fire sprinklers,'' Prange said.

All Los Angeles Public Library branches remain closed to the public because of COVID-19 precautions, according to the library's website. Although some “Library To Go'' service is available at selected libraries, the Palisades Branch is not one of them, according to the website.

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