North Valley Library reopens after fire

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Nine months after a devastating fire, the North Valley Library in Albuquerque is back open.

In July, someone started a pile of books on fire at the library. It caused smoke damage that took months to clean up.

The library had to be cleaned for smoke and soot issues.

Officials say about 80-percent of the library’s 50,000 books had to be replaced. And damage was more than just the surface.

The duct work, carpeting, furniture and shelves all had to be replaced.

“The wood ceilings and wood columns had to sand blasted and refinished,” Dean Smith said. “We had to replace the light fixtures and one of the wooden columns had to be replaced as well.”

No arrests have been made for the fire.

Insurance from both the city and county covered the cost of the damage. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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