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Small Fire in the San Ramon Library Bathroom Tuesday Morning

The paper towel dispenser caught on fire in the men's bathroom but caused no damage or injuries.

A small fire broke out in the men's bathroom on the first floor of the  Tuesday morning.

At around 10 a.m., the paper towel dispenser  caught on fire but caused no injuries or damage, Senior Community Library Manager Kathy Middleton.

The San Ramon Valley Fire District was contacted at 10:10 a.m., but the fire was already extinguished when firefighters arrived, Battalion Chief Mike Picard said.

The library opens at 10 a.m., but the doors open for the day care center at 9 a.m.

Librarians were alerted of the fire when a man told them he smelled smoke and he thought there might be an electrical fire.

The librarians then went into the men's bathroom and noticed the fire coming from the paper towel dispenser .

There have been no arrests and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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click212 May 02, 2012 at 02:00 PM
How can a paper dispenser in a bathroom just "catch on fire?" Who was there that morning?
Twizzle Jones May 03, 2012 at 12:17 AM
I've never been in the men's bathroom at the library but the women's restroom gets so filthy in the afternoons that a fire is probably the best thing that could happen to it. When I brought the filth to a librarian's attention, she acted as though I was making trouble (asking them to work maybe is like making trouble for them). She blamed it on the middle-school girls. Well, there are ways of dealing with young ladies with no manners. In the meantime, why should patrons who use the library in the afternoon and evenings have to use a filthy restroom? If it doesn't stay clean all day, then it needs to be cleaned more than once a day. Simple as that. It should also be inspected throughout the day to ensure it's clean. Even McDonald's does that> However, the best solution may be to manage the people who use it and make a mess. It's not that hard. If the library (and the county) hired better people, they would have less problems, thereby less cost - which is always the bottom line.

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