May 25, 2022

Arsonist Sets Pamphlets Ablaze in San Francisco Public Library Room for Blind, Print Disabled

From the The San Francisco Examiner:

A man set fire to a stack of pamphlets in San Francisco’s main library branch in the unit block of Grove Street on Sunday, damaging cassette tapes, chairs and computers, police Sgt. Daryl Fong said.

The fire alarm was triggered at 3:37 p.m. The fire was set in the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled room on the second floor, library spokeswoman Michelle Jeffers said, which is typically closed on Sundays.


Although the whole building was evacuated, no injuries were reported.

“Nobody was very close to that area, thankfully,” Jeffers said.

The fire was extinguished by “one of our engineers and a custodian,” before the sprinkler system went off, which would have increased the damages the library sustained, she said.

The library sustained $5,000 worth of damage, $500 of which was content, Fire Department Lt. Karen Kerr said. There was no structural damage, only cosmetic, Jeffers said.

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