Notebook burns at Swans library

SWANS ISLAND – It wasn’t a case of arson, but a small fire set last week at the Swans Island Library had the potential to cause serious damage to the building.

The fire was set Aug. 6 on the patio of the library, near the structure, according to Deputy Rob Morang of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

“It clearly wasn’t an attempt to burn down the library,” Morang said Tuesday. “But it wasn’t a safe place to burn.”

The person believed responsible set fire to a paper notebook of some kind, Morang said. That person, who the deputy declined to name because no charges have been levied, is a seasonal resident who has been warned not to return to the library grounds.

The original Swans Island Library was built in the early 1900s as a schoolhouse. That structure was destroyed in a July 2008 fire sparked by a lightning strike.

A new $1.1 million library was erected on the site and opened in July 2011.

Mark Good

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