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"Freeman's" Library Burns to the Ground at Albany Bulb
by Amber Whitson [https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/01/19/18749437.php]:
The following text is not describing an attack against the Albany Bulb, and nobody is hurt. The report is provided for those that care, to let you know the situation at the Albany Bulb.
Written January 12th, 2014:
This morning I woke to the sound of one of the residents yelling that the Library was on fire. I grabbed my shovel, threw on my boots and ran to the Library is fast as I could. When I got there, the library was already burnt to the ground.
Having done this many times before, I went to a nearby camp and grabbed a wet rug and started putting out a hotspot, where the fire was trying to spread. Minutes after I arrived, the Albany Fire Department showed up.
For the first time in over 7 years of my living here, the fire department actually started putting out a fire on the Albany Bulb.
We are grateful for the assistance of the personnel of the Albany Fire Department. Although the residents prevented the fire from spreading, the whole tree that the library was built underneath, might have gone up in flames, were it not for their efforts.
This will no doubt be another blemish on the reputation of the community that lives on the Landfill.
I, for one, have my own suspicions, that the fire was caused by a transient girl, who is schizophrenic and has no camp of her own, but who is known to sleep in the Library, on occasion, and lights a small fire to keep warm.
I cannot help but to wonder, if she might have actually been staying in the shelter, if the city wasn't busily denying requests for accommodations, for people with mental disabilities of a complicated nature.
Thankfully, no one was physically hurt as a result of this fire.
Freeman's Library destroyed (photo by Amber)