Kilburn Library fire closure

19 January 2016

The London Fire Brigade was called to Salusbury Road yesterday (18 January), following a fire on the ground floor of Kilburn Library.

Council staff working at the library responded extremely quickly to successfully evacuate around 60 people to safety.

Following inspection, the building has suffered smoke damage on the ground floor where the fire started and will need some minor repair work such as repainting and re carpeting. The public areas were largely unaffected but will need a deep clean before they are fit to use.

The building will remain closed to the public, as it is currently without power and utilities.

Once power is restored and all the equipment has been checked, the building will be reopened to the public. However, although we are working around the clock on this, it is unlikely the library will be able to reopen this week.

Cllr James Denselow, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said: “Thanks to the swift action of council staff and the fire brigade nobody was hurt or injured during this incident and the small fire was quickly contained. Kilburn is a popular and well used library and council staff are now working extremely hard to get the building open again as soon as possible.”

In the meantime, employees who are not involved in getting the library back up and running as quickly as possible are working at other Brent libraries.

We will keep residents updated through our website and social media feeds.