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PHOTO GALLERY: At inside look at fire damage to Ellis Library

Monday, September 12, 2011 | 7:01 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — MU's main library has been closed since Saturday morning while crews continued to clean up the damage caused by a fire started on the building's main floor.

Former MU student Christopher C. Kelley, 25, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree arson, second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree tampering and seven counts of second-degree property damage.

The early morning fire was contained to the first floor; fire department officials have credited the library's automatic sprinkler system with greatly limiting the damage done.

The library remained closed Monday, but is expected to reopen at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

 

 

Workers remove carpet from a room on the first floor in Ellis Library Monday morning. The carpet had to be replaced due to water damage after a fire set off the sprinkler system Saturday morning.
Joshua Lococo cleans plaques in a hallway in Ellis Library Monday afternoon. A fire on Saturday morning left the walls with smoke damage.
Workers clean up the damage in the copy room at Ellis Library on Monday. Paperwork had to be covered and carpet had to be removed due to the water damage from a fire early Saturday morning.
Jim Wedemeier (left), fire investigator, and Pat Jones, head of security at Ellis Library, discuss the the damage from the Saturday morning fire. The cost of the damage is still unknown, but officials hope to have an estimate within a couple weeks.
Carpet in the east computer workstation on the first floor of Ellis Library is removed due to water damages from a fire on early Saturday morning.

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