Village of Barker officials said Monday that as many as 90 percent of the village's old documents may be salvaged in the wake of the fire that leveled the Village Hall and Public Library Jan. 20.
Clerk-Treasurer Amanda Detschner said it turned out the building's fireproof room withstood the inferno until its walls were breached by firefighters.
Trustee Seanna Corwin-Bradley said much of the material dating back to the village's founding in 1908 was in fireproof filing cabinets inside that room.
"We are all extremely relieved and elated that most of our documents, especially historically significant ones, can be recovered," she said.
Document Reprocessors of Penn Yan and National Fire Adjustment Co. of Amherst have been hired to assist the village's recovery efforts.