Lawrence Co. Courthouse to close due to fire, water, and smoke damage

Lawrence Co. Courthouse to close due to fire, water, and smoke damage
(Source: WAFF Staff)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Lawrence County Courthouse will be closed until Monday due to fire, water, and smoke damage that occurred late Monday night just before midnight.

According to their Facebook page, the first and second floors have sustained damage, and the commission feels it unsafe for employees and citizens to enter the building at this time.

The criminal division office of the circuit clerk on the second floor has most damage because of the sprinkler systems. The monitors and scanners are also destroyed.

One of the biggest concerns is needing a place for people to vote when it comes to submitting their absentee ballot for the runoff election

The insurance company has already been contacted with a lot of water and debris damaged.

Crews are working to clean up water and debris. The commision is asking that everyone be patient during this time. As soon as inspections are completed and conditions are safe they will reopen.

Investigators say the fire was contained on the second floor and it is believed to be an electrical fire, that happened under a desk.

The office of Brad Henderson with the revenue commission had significant water damage.

The ceiling tiles fell through and the tag side has some damage but not as bad as the appraisal side.

The only damage to the courthouse was water damage.

The Lawrence County Commission says that the third floor of the courthouse will open for normal business hours, beginning on July 9. The first and second floors will remain closed for clean-up.

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