Category Archives: Fire

Fires and Flooding

Fires and flooding are currently causing many folks to evacuate their homes in areas of Texas and along the Susquehanna River in New York and Pennsylvania.   (The flood level at my hometown, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, which sits along the Susquehanna, … Continue reading

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25 Years

It’s been 25 years since the historic Los Angeles Public Library fire, which occurred on April 29, 1986.  See an article about it here:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/04/los-angeles-public-library-fire.html.  As the article notes, over 400,000 items were destroyed and many, many more were damaged by smoke … Continue reading

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Library Book Drops

When we teach about risk assessment, we mention book drops as potential targets for arsonists. Here’s a story about a fire started in a book drop at the Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, Virginia: http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_news/portsmouth/portsmouth-library-catches-fire

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One Bag of Popcorn

A bag of popcorn burning in a microwave at the Kansas State University Hale Library in Manhattan, Kansas, set off the library’s sprinkler system a couple of months ago. As Rebecca Brown, Kansas Outreach and Technology Liaison (NN/LM MCR), stated … Continue reading

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