State Fire Marshal: Eudora Welty Library closing until safety violations corrected

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney said the Eudora Welty Library is closing to the public until safety violations and conditions are corrected.

Chaney’s office said they went to the library to conduct a fire and life safety inspection on Wednesday.They said they found some violations of the Mississippi Fire Code.

As a result, beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, the library will be closed to the public until the violations are cleared.

WJTV 12 reported in June that the roof at the Eudora Welty Library had been leaking. Library officials said last year they had mold in some of the administrative offices and paid to have it removed.

The Fire Marshal’s Office said they are working with city and county officials to resolve the issue.

Below is a statement from Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba:

“We were informed that the Eudora Welty Library will be closing at 5 p.m. today due to numerous Mississippi Fire Prevention Code violations and hazardous life safety conditions. These violations and conditions were discovered during an inspection by the State Fire Marshal’s Office on October 4, 2017, and was conducted as a requirement to inspect buildings that are utilized by the public. It is my understanding that the library will remain closed to the public until these violations and conditions are corrected. We do understand that this closing may cause inconvenience among our citizens, but it was done in the best interest and for the safety of both employees and patrons. My office will continue to engage with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, as well as the regional library commission for updates until this matter is resolved.”

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