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Fire doesn't stop shoppers for rare, used books at landmark Oklahoma City bookstore

A Dec. 15 fire damaged the Aladdin Book Shoppe in Oklahoma City, but the store remained open for Christmas business.
by Robert Medley Published: December 26, 2012

/articleid/3740626/1/pictures/1915102">Photo - Above: Despite a fire that could have destroyed more than 40,000 rare and used books, Aladdin Book Shoppe remains open for Christmas season business.  Photos by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Above: Despite a fire that could have destroyed more than 40,000 rare and used books, Aladdin Book Shoppe remains open for Christmas season business. Photos by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

“If the fire had gotten to these books, the majority of them are older books, so they are drier,” Walker said. “It would have been a really big fire.”

The fire put a dent in her Christmas season business. A number of customers said they would rather wait until the electricity was restored and the heat back on before trying to shop for books.

Aladdin Book Shoppe opened downtown in 1930. For many years it was located at NW 24 and N Pennsylvania Avenue before moving to the Mayfair location.

Despite smoke and water damage to the building, most of the books are intact and only three books appeared damaged from water that leaked from the ceiling, Walker said

She said this was the second fire in recent years that started in the awning.

Fire investigators have not determined the exact cause, but it could be electrical.

Walker said the shop will remain open despite the fire.

“It's chilly and dark but we're doing business by flashlight and headlamp. I'm providing the headlamps,” Walker said.

by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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