The Columbus Public Library will be closed until at least 4 p.m. after a fire alarm prompted the evacuation of the building, library Director Alan Harkness said.
“A fire alarm was reported sometime between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., and the library was evacuated according to our protocol,” said Tiffany Wilson, marketing coordinator.
Patrons and library staff waited on the green outside while fire investigators searched and secured the building. Harkness says they are still unsure of what caused the disturbance.
“It looks like it may be electrical,” he said. “We had a couple of bizarre power outages that didn’t really seem to make any sense, so that may have been a factor.”
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The fire department and the building’s plant operations team are now working to trace the source of the problem and to determine if the building is safe to occupy.
There is currently no confirmed damage to either the building or library materials.