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Arson suspected in Mexia library fire

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 16:33:24-04

MEXIA, TX — Arson is suspected in the fire that destroyed the Gibbs Memorial Library in Mexia early Saturday morning.

City dispatchers got a call around 4:15 a.m. Saturday morning from a neighbor of the library, located in the 300 block of Rusk, reporting smoke and flames coming from the east wing.

After an investigation by the Texas Rangers, Texas State Fire Marshal's Office, the City of Mexia Police Department, and the City of Mexia Fire Department, the fire is now being treated as a suspected arson.

The Mexia City Council and the Gibbs Memorial library Board will hold an emergency joint meeting on Thursday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mexia Civic Center, located at 101 South McKinney Street. Updates on issues pertaining to the fire and on-going recovery operations will be given during the meeting.