A fire at the site of the new Sumner County Courthouse was quickly extinguished by teams from multiple agencies, and now officials are disclosing more details about the blaze.
As the incident occurred in a public building, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) will be conducting an investigation.
Fire investigators are still trying to figure out what caused it.
Now that the building has been pronounced safe, the process of recovery may begin.
The Sumner County EMA was the first to arrive on the scene Sunday night after spotting heavy smoke and flames billowing from the roof of the building.
The roof and materials on top of the roof were destroyed by the fire to the tune of 30 percent, according to the findings of the fire investigators.
There were no reports of injuries to the firefighters or anyone else.
That no one was hurt is a huge relief to us. Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt observed, “You can replace a building, but you can’t replace a life.”
The National Weather Service and fire investigators are collaborating to establish if a lightning strike caused the blaze.
In April 2021, construction began on the new courthouse, which was scheduled to open in 2023. Around $83 million was anticipated to be spent on the project.
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