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Cosmos firefighters spay water on the smoldering rubble that just a few hours before was the Cosmos Library. A fire broke out in the library's basement sometime during the night, destroying the building and its contents. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Cosmos library lost to fire


COSMOS -- An early morning fire Thursday destroyed the Cosmos Public Library and forced residents in a neighboring building to evacuate their second-floor apartments.

"A huge loss,'' said Mayor Rich Gieser of Cosmos. "It was one of the most used facilities in town.''

A passerby reported the fire in the structure on Milkyway Street -- the town's Main Street -- shortly after 5 a.m. She had noticed smoke coming from under its eaves.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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