Neighborhood’s ‘little library’ destroyed by fire

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The owner of a little library in Southeast Portland told KOIN 6 News she was upset to wake up and find it engulfed in flames on Monday.

“I love them,” Rita King said about the miniature libraries. “You see them all around Portland and I think they’re absolutely a great idea.”

King said she built her little library for her neighbors near SE 60th Avenue and Stark Street. It was a spot where people could stop by and take a book or leave one for someone else to read.

But on Monday, King said someone pounded on her door to alert her of a fire that engulfed her little library, leaving the glass shattered and book pages scattered on the sidewalk.

“If somebody hadn’t awakened us, I mean those flames were pretty high,” she said. “If this tree had caught fire, it overhangs our house and a neighbor’s house.”

King said the man who knocked on her door said he saw 2 people light a book on fire.

“He watched them run away laughing,” King said.

King said she plans on building a new free little library, but she isn’t too optimistic that whoever started the fire will be caught.

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