Barker library/village hall destroyed by fire

Staff Reports Posted 21 January 2019 at 8:01 am

BARKER – The Barker public library/village hall, which share the same building at 8706 Main St., was destroyed by fire last night.

The Niagara County Emergency Communication Center received several 911 calls at about 11;55 p.m. Sunday from nearby residents who reported seeing flames coming from the building.

Town of Somerset Police and Sheriff’s Deputies responding confirmed a working structure fire upon arrival, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The Barker Fire Company responded with assistance from Olcott Fire Company, Gasport Fire Company and Lyndonville Fire Company to extinguish the fire.

The entire building is a complete loss. Niagara County Origin and Cause responded to investigate the cause of the fire which is yet to be determined. There were no injuries reported.

(UPDATED 10:02 a.m.) The Barker Library posted this message on its Facebook page:

“Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and prayers!! The board and I and the NIOGA Library System are working on making sense of this awful situation and will keep you informed by our Facebook page and our website. As of right now we have no answers but are working on getting a temporary book drop in the village. You can also return any of the library items checked out to any other NIOGA library in Niagara, Orleans and Genesee county. Thanks again! Barker Public Library where the story never ends!

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