An overnight fire that shut down the Lawrence County Courthouse Tuesday has now forced county leaders to close the building for the remainder of the week.
In an emergency meeting Tuesday morning, the Lawrence County Commission decided to close the building until July 9 at 8 a.m.
The electrical fire shut down the building for Tuesday, and only employees were being allowed into the building. Officials said the second-floor fire set off the sprinkler system, which left damage on the first floor as well.
The building was already scheduled to be closed during the Fourth of July holiday.
According to the commission, depending on how cleanup progresses, the courthouse could be closed even longer. Leaders planned to monitor the progress and said another emergency meeting would be scheduled if an extended closure was needed.
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