Neighbors want city to rebuild library destroyed in fire

Neighbors in Chicago's Irving Park neighborhood are asking the city to rebuild Independence Public Library, which was closed last week after it was destroyed in a massive fire.

Independence Public Library was closed after a 4-alarm fire in the Irving Park neighborhood last week.

The city has said it will reopen the library, but some want to do more.

A group gathered in front of the burned out structure at 3548 W. Irving Park Rd. to show their support for a new facility. They say the Independence branch is one of the most used in the city.

"For years, we've been asking for a new library. And while this was a tragedy, we see it as a great opportunity to, as they say 'rise from the ashes,' and let's give this community what it deserves," said Ald. Deb Mell, 33rd Ward.

Supporters said the library branch has a 126-year history in that neighborhood and has moved several times.

Several other businesses were destroyed in the fire, which started in a dry cleaners on Friday.
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