Magazine article American Libraries

The Fire This Time: Detroit PL Closed Again

Magazine article American Libraries

The Fire This Time: Detroit PL Closed Again

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The Detroit Public Library main branch was closed for the second time in a month in late September after a power surge and electrical arc in a basement transformer room cut power to the library and several other buildings in Detroit's Cultural Center area. The two city employees who were doing maintenance work on the circuit breakers in the room were treated for minor burns, and a library patron was trapped briefly in an elevator.

The library was closed for two days after the incident, which occurred September 28, although the administration was able to continue working with power supplied by emergency generators. The damage was repaired and the cleanup completed by October 3, Pat McClary, assistant director for marketing, told American Libraries. The Detroit Institute of Arts, across the street from the library, was closed overnight.

DPL was also closed from August 30 to September 8 after fecal coliform bacteria were found in water left in the basement after flooding in late July (AL, Oct., p. 18-20). The library's noted Burton Historical Collection was closed while books were cleaned; it remains closed for inventory, which was set back several days by the fire. No reopening date has been set, McClary said. …

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