Early-Morning Fire Damages The Book Thing

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photo via Baltimore City Fire Department

Baltimore’s beloved spot for swapping reading materials was damaged in a fire on Wednesday morning.

The Abell warehouse that houses The Book Thing near Greenmount Ave. and 30th St. caught fire around 5 a.m., according to the Baltimore City Fire Department. Crews found fire in the back of the building when they arrived, and the fire was out within the hour. The cause is still under investigation.

“First and foremost, everyone is safe. There is substantial damage to the building – from fire, smoke, water,” said a Facebook post from The Book Thing. There were initial indications that they’ll rebuild.

“As always, the support of fellow civic-minded bibliophiles is appreciated. Exact needs are not known right now, but donations through the Book Thing’s Paypal account will be put to good use as the Book Thing rebuilds,” the post states.

The option to browse through books and take one home for free makes The Book Thing a much-loved local haunt, even if the New York literati doesn’t understand.

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