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Public Library Destroyed After Morning Fire

A Joice resident is speaking about the loss of this community cornerstone

Posted: Fri Sep 21 15:47:59 PDT 2018
Updated: Fri Sep 21 15:48:00 PDT 2018

Speech to Text for Public Library Destroyed After Morning Fire

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to start the clean-up after a fire this morning at the joice public library. library fire-intro-1 lowerthirdcourtesy: 2018 google joice library destroyed after fire google earth, landsat/copernicus it's located in the 200 block of main street - in the heart of town. the building is a total loss leaving community members feeling very disappointed. kimt news 3's katie huinker has been busy talking with residents and has more. xxx library fire-pkg-1 library fire-pkg-2 oh its just totally gone, all the books, they had a lot of computers for this small town in there. sally pierce lives down the street from the public library. i woke up about 3:00 this morning and i seen lights going off... she's just one of many joice residents coming out to see what's left of their community cornerstone. well it's sad because there isn't much in joice so library fire-pkg-12 the library was kind of the place where everyone hung out, and the kids went in and used computers and did their school work. library fire-pkg-8 the one thing that's mainly open in town is gone now. the fire started around 3 a-m. when crews arrived, the building was fully engulfed in flames. library fire-pkg-7 it had burning awhile, before anyone had noticed it to call in. library fire-pkg-9 it was clear, the joice fire department needed more help...and more water. put the call out for help and they come. four additional departments showed up, armed with water, a tower truck and plenty of volunteers. when i got here it was much worse than i thought or anticipated. it's something mayor mark thoma was impressed to see. library fire-pkg-5 you know this just goes to show what north iowa is all about and southern minnesota as well is just the response and volunteers and first responders, i can't thank them enough. library fire-pkg-10 after several hours of fighting flames - the fire was out for the most part. what was left, was the glaring damage. you can see right through the building. because the windows are all out of course. library fire-pkg-3 and the joice fire department had an excavator brought in to tear the roof off the joice library this morning. that is what they are doing right now. they're taking the roof off because fire crews tell me there are two layers to this roof and the one underneath had tar on it which would continue to burn if left alone. library fire-pkg-11 nat while it's unclear how the fire started, we do know the building was undergoing renovations. which makes this loss even more dissappointing. new roof new windows new lighting new insulation new siding everything is getting worked on and fixed up as this is one of the focal buildings for the city so this is really really a bummer to see this happen at this moment in time. now for the small town it's all about moving forward and rebuilding the public library. in joice, katie huinker, kimt news 3. / the community is really rallying around the library. our newsroom has already taken multiple calls from people asking how they can help. that information can be found on kimt dot com. / disaster proc-vo-3
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