A firefighter was killed and another went missing Tuesday while battling a fire at a Central California library, officials said.
The blaze erupted at about 4:15 p.m. at the Porterville Public library in Porterville, north of Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley, fire officials said.
Flames shot through the roof of the library, which is located about a block from the local Fire Department.
More than 50 state, county and city crews battled the stubborn blaze.
A Porterville city firefighter was killed and a second was missing, Tulare County Fire Cpt. Joanne Bear told the Fresno Bee.
There was no immediate word on how the firefighter died or what caused the fire.