PITTSBORO, N.C. - Firefighters worked to gain control of a major fire at a historic courthouse in North Carolina.

Officials said Thursday that everyone was safely evacuated from the Chatham County courthouse. Smoke and flames billowed from the building nearly two hours after the blaze began, and firefighters were still battling hot spots late Thursday night.

Pittsboro Fire Chief Darryl Griffin said the fire apparently started in the attic, but no cause was given.

The courthouse, built in 1881 and undergoing renovation, has been the site of an ongoing dispute about a videotape purportedly showing former presidential candidate John Edwards in a sexual encounter. Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones told The Associated Press on Thursday that materials turned over in the case are in a vault away from the courthouse.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Views: 77

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Anyone see this guy hanging around before the fire started?
That's a very good question Dust! Or maybe one of his political operatives did it to try to distroy the tape. Too bad for him it wasn't there.
boy this is awful and hopefully the city and community will come together and rebuild the courthouse.
Sounds like to me the "Fire of God "came down.

Reply to Discussion


Find Members Fast

Or Name, Dept, Keyword
Invite Your Friends
Not a Member? Join Now

© 2024   Created by Firefighter Nation WebChief.   Powered by

Badges  |  Contact Firefighter Nation  |  Terms of Service