The Association wishes to extend its sympathy to the staff and community members affected by the total loss of the community library in Cosmos, MN, to fire. We are very grateful that nobody was injured, but a community anchor like a library is a major loss in a small town like Cosmos.
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COSMOS -- Crews are still at the scene of an early morning fire at the Cosmos city library that reportedly destroyed the structure. Roads are blocked in the area. The fire was reported at 5:11 this morning. (2.24.2011)
The roof of the structure had collapsed around 7 a.m., according to Jody Fruetel, who was arriving home from work at that time and has been watching the fire from her home all morning. She is the wife of Fire Chief Jon Fruetel. She said the library is housed in an existing building on Main Street that had been renovated about a year ago. The library is located across the street from the city park and right next to the fire department.
The loss of the library is "devastating" for the small Meeker County town, she said, adding it's the main place where children in the community gather.