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Khayelitsha Library closed after fire<span><p>The incident happened yesterday, 1 February, soon after the library closed for the day.</p><p>The librarian in charge and security guard heard what sounded like an explosion in the server room inside the building before the fire broke out.</p><p>Community members who were about to have a meeting at the hall next to the library rushed to assist and were joined by firefighters within minutes, who extinguished the fire.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1074px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'We are grateful there were no patrons or other staff in the building at the time. I also want to thank the residents who assisted and rushed to help. I am saddened that the facility will now be unavailable to its many patrons and programmes which benefit the community. Residents can rest assured that we will do our best to get it back up and running as soon as possible,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross. </p><p> </p><p>The library has about 4 000 visitors a month and while the closure will halt programmes, the librarians will conduct outreach programmes by visiting ECDs and schools.</p><p> </p><p>While the building is open to allow for it to dry and for smoke to dissipate, it is closed to patrons until further notice.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>It is not yet known what the cause of the fire is or the cost to repair the damage.</p><p>Patrons can make use of the following libraries: Moses Mabhida, Kulani and Masakhane. You can also call any other library to make a renewal.</p><p>The library will note the length of closure so that fines incurred during this time will be waived.</p><p>Captions: The Khayelitsha Library was damaged by fire.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-02-01T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#29c1487e-1c77-4950-afc1-136cce225109;L0|#029c1487e-1c77-4950-afc1-136cce225109|khayalitsha;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#c4b7c6dc-8375-4f5e-9dbc-dfae57ed56e6;L0|#0c4b7c6dc-8375-4f5e-9dbc-dfae57ed56e6|Fire;GP0|#2c600120-f64e-48e2-b077-11a8cf3f3e30;L0|#02c600120-f64e-48e2-b077-11a8cf3f3e30|library10

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