Overnight roof fire leads to temporary closure of Fayetteville Public Library

The Fayetteville Public Library is shown in this photo from Monday, April 15, 2024. (Flyer photo)

An overnight fire has led to a temporary closure of the Fayetteville Public Library.

David Johnson, executive director of the library, said a small fire broke out on the roof Sunday night, but was quickly contained and extinguished by 11:30 p.m.

The source of the fire was identified as an ember from a volunteer beekeeper’s smudge pot which could’ve blown onto a portion of the roof that is covered with grass and other vegetation.

The fire sent smoke throughout the library, and the administrative offices were heavily impacted, Johnson said.

A cleanup and restoration crew is currently working to clean carpets, upholstery, surfaces, walls, shades and curtains.

Johnson said the entire library will be closed until further notice, and more information would be released when it’s available. The library’s board of trustees were set to meet Monday, but that meeting was postponed.