The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, July 05, 2017 2:20 pm

Fire department says arson behind Auburn library fire

FRANK GRAY | For The Journal Gazette

The fire that damaged the Eckhart Public Library Sunday morning has been ruled an intentional act, the Auburn Fire Department said today.

The fire damaged a new section of the library, but there was also extensive smoke damage to the historic portion of the building.

Carolyn Foley, president of the library board, said the library's entire collection of DVDs and audio books was lost. A tremendous amount of materials were also damaged by soot, which is acidic because among the things that burned were plastic, such as computers and printers.

Foley said today it will likely be months before the library is back in operation.

Whoever started the fire victimized not just the library, but the entire community, she said.

The library has photos of the damage that haven't been released yet, and Foley said when the public is able to see them, it will take their breath away.

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