The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0906 Monday, 16 October 2006
Date: Monday, October 16, 2006
Subject: Fire at Folger Shakespeare Library
Collection Deemed Safe After Library Fire
Oct 15th - 7:16am
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
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
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.
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The Washington Times
October 15, 2006
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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