Updated February 24, 2020
Recollections from library staff and part-time employees after the complete loss of the Porterville City Library due to a fire on Tuesday, February 18 showed training and quick thinking proved them to be heroes.
Updated February 21, 2020
Updated February 20, 2020
A visibly distraught and fatigued Porterville Fire Chief Dave Lapere on Thursday lauded fallen firefighters Ramon “Ray” Figueroa and Patrick Jones as “consummate professionals” who died trying to ensure no one was trapped inside the city library during a raging fire.
From NBC News:
Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested in connection to a fire that engulfed a California city’s public library and left one firefighter dead and another missing, authorities said Wednesday.
The fire broke out at around 4 p.m. Tuesday at the library in Porterville, a city of around 60,000 in California’s Central Valley, about 70 miles southeast of Fresno, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said.
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Includes Statement from California State Library