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Firefighters make progress in controlling the fire in the historic Chatham County courthouse

Posted Thursday, March 25, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - As of 9:15 pm, firefighters had made progress in controlling the fire in the Historic County Courthouse, but hot spots were still popping up periodically. The clock tower and third floor are severely damaged, with other areas sustaining major water and smoke damage.

Pittsboro Fire Chief Darryl Griffin stated in a news briefing at 8:30 pm that the fire appears to have started in the attic. Chatham County Fire Marshal Thomas Bender will work with the SBI to investigate the fire over the next few weeks.

John Poteat with the Town of Pittsboro’s Public Utilities reported that the water supply is fine and that residences should not have major problems with water this evening.

With the amount of smoke substantially reduced over the past two hours, Chatham County did not have residents come to the temporary shelter by 8 pm so it was closed shortly thereafter. If residents do have trouble breathing for any reason, they should call 911 for assistance.

The traffic circle around the courthouse will be closed tomorrow, Friday, March 26, so residents and businesses should find other routes to get around Pittsboro. School buses also may have to be rerouted as well. The public should avoid walking around the courthouse for safety reasons.

 
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Firefighters make progress in controlling the fire in the historic Chatham County courthouse
Chatham County Courthouse under renovations before the fire.
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