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Fire at Folger Shakespeare Library
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0906  Monday, 16 October 2006

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Date: 		Monday, October 16, 2006
Subject: 	Fire at Folger Shakespeare Library

Collection Deemed Safe After Library Fire
Oct 15th - 7:16am

http://www.wtopnews.com/index.php?nid=25&sid=944009

WASHINGTON - Staff at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill say 
there's been no lasting damage to the landmark building after a 
two-alarm fire on Saturday.

Firefighters were called to the library on East Capitol Street, 
following reports of heavy smoke in the attic.

Investigators later determined an electrician had been working to hang a 
large spotlight on a stage in the building's main theater when it came 
in contact with the costumes.

No one was injured.

Damage is estimated at $25,000.

The library says its collection or rare books and materials -- including 
the world's largest Shakespeare collection -- was not affected.

The library plans to reopen Monday.

The first performances of the Folger Theatre's production of "A 
Midsummer Night's Dream" will be postponed by about a week.

ABC 7 News - Fire Investigated at Folger Shakespeare Library

http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/1006/368966.html

Washington (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a 
two-alarm fire at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter says firefighters were called to 
East Capitol Street this morning, following reports of heavy smoke in 
the attic.

Etter says investigators have determined that the blaze began in an 
auxiliary room next to the building's main theater. No one was injured 
and the extent of the damage is unclear.

[ . . . ]

The Washington Times
Metro Briefs
October 15, 2006

http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20061014-114852-7819r.htm

Spotlight blamed for Folger fire

Investigators said yesterday a two-alarm fire at the Folger Shakespeare 
Library on Capitol Hill began when a spotlight ignited some costumes.

A D.C. fire department spokesman said the fire inside the East Capitol 
Street building started at about 10 a.m.

An electrician had been trying to hang a large spotlight on a stage in 
the building's main theater when it came in contact with the costumes.

[ . . . ]

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