Fire in Central California Library claimed the life of one firefighter, another missing.
According to the reports, the flames broke down in Central Valley Library at around 4 PM in Porterville. While battling the fire, one firefighter was killed, and another went missing. The library staff called 911 when they noticed flames n the children’s section of the library. The library has around 77000 books. The fire shot through the roof of the library and crews on the scene quickly called a two-alarm fire.
In a cellphone video that surfaced, there were flames and clouds of black and grey smoke coming from the windows. The library was built in 1953, and the building did not have a sprinkler system installed. More than 50 states, county and city crews continued to battle the stubborn blaze hours later. Porterville Police Chief Eric Kroutil said the department was looking into whether the blaze could have been intentionally set. There was no immediate word on how the firefighter died or what caused the fire.