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    Trident Booksellers temporarily closed after fire

    Ankle-deep water from fire spinklers is visible at Trident Booksellers and Café on Newbury
    Ankle-deep water from fire spinklers is visible at Trident Booksellers and Café on Newbury

    One of the city’s liveliest literary establishments, Trident Booksellers and Café on Newbury Street, will be closed until further notice after a fire late Wednesday night.

    Courtney Flynn, bookstore manager, said that the fire broke out in the dry storage area on the second floor about 11:45 p.m. Everyone in the store was evacuated, and firefighters responded quickly to the scene. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, she said. Most of the damage was caused by water from the sprinkler systems.

    “The water was ankle deep on both floors,” Flynn says. “We have a lot of stuff to face,” she says, “but there are so many things to be thankful for — the firemen came so quickly; the sprinklers did their job; there were people here who could respond quickly. Now we just have to see what shape the store is in, and see what we can save.”

    A toppled bookcase.

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    Besides serving as a bookstore, the Trident has a cafe at that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the Back Bay store, which was been open since 1984, hosts events virtually every weekday evening.

    Nina MacLaughlin, who writes the New England Literary News column in the Sunday Books section, can be reached at nmaclaughlin@gmail.com