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Major clean-up underway after fire at Patterson Lakes Library & Community Centre

24 March 2017

A major clean-up is underway at the Patterson Lakes Library and Patterson Lakes Community Centre following a fire this week.

The fire, which started in the ceiling of the community centre, caused some direct damage to parts of the community centre while other areas, including the library, received smoke and water damage.

Both the library and the community centre have been closed due to the fire.

Mayor David Eden said Kingston Council has begun a major clean-up of the site in an effort to re-open the vital community services as quickly as possible.

“The library will be repainted and each of the 13,947 books individually cleaned before the library is expected to reopen business as usual on Monday 3 April.”

Entry to the library will exclusively through the Thompson Road doorway at the front of the building.

More extensive works are required on the Patterson Lakes Community Centre, which could be impacted for several months.

“Some areas of the centre are more badly damaged than others, so right now we’re hoping to re-open the centre in stages,” Cr Eden aid.

“But unfortunately it may be at least three to four months before the community centre is completely restored.  In the meantime we’re working hard to temporarily relocate the many groups and classes that use the centre each week.”

Cr Eden said alternative locations for many groups had already been found in the local area and that neighbouring Frankston Council had offered its support.

Police have ruled that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire. 

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