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Barker village hall and library destroyed in overnight fire

Posted at 4:57 AM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 18:16:42-05

BARKER, N.Y. (WKBW) — Fire crews are working to determine what caused the overnight fire that destroyed the village hall and library in Barker.

Neighbors called emergency crews after seeing flames coming from the building around 12:00 a.m. Monday. The village hall and library are located in the same building on Main Street in Barker.

Crews responded to the structure fire and worked to put it out, but the entire building was a complete loss. No one was injured, and the cause is yet to be determined.

Also, the village is trying to figure out what to do after it lost decades worth of data.

"It wouldn't really come up unless there was an issue, and they wanted to look into something in the past, and at that point, I don't know," Barker Mayor, Aaron Nellist, said

All that was left were charred property tax records and burnt book pages.

A temporary village hall is being set up at the Barker police station. The mayor said he will also explore other options like using space at the Lions club.