Update, 7:02 pm: The Library confirms it will also be closed tomorrow, Sunday.

The Berkeley Public Library is closed today (Saturday) and probably tomorrow. A fire alarm went off and sprinklers went on automatically, causing water damage.

Julie Wong reports passes the news on from the BPL’s Facebook page: “The fire took place in one of the public bathrooms and it is unknown how it got started. All staff are OK and the public was evacuated. The main task now is to clean up the water from the very effective fire sprinkler system which has left a significant amount of water to be cleaned from the floors. It is likely that the Library will also be closed tomorrow, Sunday March 18th, but we will update you when we know more. Thanks again to you all, BPL staff appreciate your concern!”

Check the library’s website for updated information on opening.

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...