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Smoke rises from the scene of the library fire in Cosmos Thursday morning. The fire was reported about 5:11 a.m. and the roof collapse about 7 a.m. Reader photo by Jocelynn Buckentin

Update: Cosmos library destroyed in early morning fire

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Update: Cosmos library destroyed in early morning fire
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Update 9:30 a.m.

COSMOS -- Crews are still at the scene of an early morning fire at the Cosmos city library that reportedly destroyed the structure.

Roads are blocked in the area.

The fire was reported at 5:11 this morning.

The roof of the structure had collapsed around 7 a.m., according to Jody Fruetel, who was arriving home from work at that time and has been watching the fire from her home all morning. She is the wife of Fire Chief Jon Fruetel.

She said the library is housed in an existing building on Main Street that had been renovated about a year ago.

The library is located across the street from the city park and right next to the fire department.

The loss of the library is "devastating" for the small Meeker County town, she said, adding it's the main place where children in the community gather.

Follow for further updates today and read the complete story Friday in the West Central Tribune.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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