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Phoenix Looking At Causes of Burton Barr Library Damage

Burton Barr Central Library remains closed indefinitely from storm damages suffered last month.

The library’s roof was heavily damaged from the storm as rain leaked into the library’s upper floors. Now, Phoenix library spokeswoman Lee Franklin says the key is finding out what happened.

“We have the engineering firm WJE that is doing their assessment and evaluation," Franklin said. "And part of that will be providing us an analysis of exactly what happened and include recommendations for where we go from here.”

Franklin said roof replacement may be an option going forward depending on the results of the report, which she said will be out within two weeks. Franklin said there is not a certain timetable yet for the reopening of the library.

Daniel Perle rejoined the KJZZ team in May 2019, after interning during the summer of 2017.A recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Perle served as the editor-in-chief of the online student-run newspaper, the Downtown Devil, and as the news director for Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run station. While in school, Perle reported on enterprise topics such as former Arizona Cardinals players suffering from the aftermath of their careers in football and the process which felons in Arizona must go through to restore their right to vote.When he’s not in the newsroom — and probably when he’s in it — Perle is scrolling through Twitter. Other than that, he enjoys reading Kurt Vonnegut novels and practicing his three-point shooting.