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Amid thunderstorms, 2-alarm fire damages NH town library

The library had extensive damage.
The library had extensive damage.Hopkinton, NH fire department

As intense thunderstorms rolled through New Hampshire Friday, the Hopkinton Town Library caught on fire, officials said.

Firefighters responded at about 4:45 p.m. to an alarm at 61 Houston Drive, the Hopkinton Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

Firefighters found light smoke coming from the library’s cupola when they arrived, the post said.

Smoke was visible from the cupola when crews arrived.
Smoke was visible from the cupola when crews arrived.Hopkinton, NH fire department

A second alarm was struck, and firefighters from six other local communities came to help extinguish the fire, officials said.

Photos posted to the department’s Facebook page show extensive damage to the ceiling and floors.

Water pooled near the stacks
Water pooled near the stacksHopkinton, NH fire department

On Facebook, the library thanked the community for its support.

“It’s been a really hard evening, but we are so grateful for the outpouring of support,” the library posted just after 11 p.m. “It will be a slow recovery process, but we will come back stronger than ever.”


Jackson Cote can be reached at jackson.cote@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter@jackson_k_cote.