by Max Brantley
Reader jtsims reports a serious fire at the Camden/Ouachita County Public Library early this morning. Some preliminary information.
Thanks to all for the link to Facebook page of Richard Moore of Camden, who noted that the fire was difficult to extinguish on account of all the flammable material. His photo album shows devastation inside.
UPDATE: A report from Camden Mayor Chris Claybaker, who was in Eureka Springs for the holiday weekend:
The call came in at approximately 2:30 am. The police spotted smoke while on patrol. The firemen attacked the fire from the front of the building trying to force it to the back of the building: however, it was already into the attic area. They were able to save the older documents and geneaolgy records. I am very proud of our guys about they way they were able to save the most important records we have. We don't know the cause - whether there was a possibility of arson - and it remains under investigation.