Early morning fire at SE Portland little library

Neighborhood library kiosk burns in SE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Fire and Rescue is trying to figure out how a fire started at a popular mini-library in southeast Portland.

The little library, located at Southeast 59th and Stark, caught fire about 1:40 a.m. Monday.

Rita King owns the library, and says a man banged on her door Monday morning to let her know it was on fire. King said she ran outside and tried to put out the flames.

“I grabbed a fire extinguisher from the house, and was trying to knock down the flames that were coming up into the tree because this was fully engulfed and the tree comes over several houses. It really could have been problematic,” King said.



She says the witness told her he saw two people running away from the fire. Portland Fire and Rescue said on Tuesday the case is still under investigation.

Neighbors are just glad nothing else caught fire.

“It was shocking, you know. It doesn’t seem like that sort of thing belongs around here. Nobody wants to see that, and it’s just a little library. Who would burn that?” said neighbor Dan Rich.

King’s library is based on the Little Free Library nonprofit, which aims to promote literacy around the globe.

King said she has received a lot of support from the community, with people already offering to re-build the library.


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