N. Valley library reopens after fire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The North Valley library is once again in business.

It opened to the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday after a nine-month hiatus. A fire in July caused extensive smoke damage and ruined 80 percent of the 50,000-book collection.

Dean Smith, city-county library director, said the fire led to a library that is updated with a fresh look.

Crews fixed the smoke damage, updated all the light fixtures, replaced the heating and cooling units and added fresh paint. The repairs and renovation cost about $800,000, which was covered by insurance. The library is at 7704 Second NW, between Osuna and Paseo del Norte.

Larry Gallegos, spokesman for the Bernalillo County Fire Department, said the cause of the fire is still undetermined. He said someone intentionally started the blaze in the children’s section.

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