The Star Democrat

Fire damages Talbot County Courthouse

- BY NATALIE JONES njones@chespub.com

EASTON — A computer in the Talbot County Courthouse Clerk of the Court’s office caught fire Sunday.

Around 11:30 a.m. Dec. 19,Talbot County’s 911 center received a fire alarm notificati­on from the Talbot County Courthouse.

Firefighte­rs from Easton and other neighborin­g fire department­s responded and found a computer in the clerk’s office in the NorthWing of the courthouse had caught fire.The sprinkler system was activated in that part of the building, according to a press release from County Manager Clay Stamp.

The fire was extinguish­ed, but left significan­t water damage primarily in the Clerk of the Court and Register of Wills offices. A smoke odor affected the rest of the North Wing, Stamp wrote.

A restoratio­n company began damage assessment and remediatio­n efforts Monday.The Finance Office, Talbot County Circuit Court, Clerk of the Court and Register of Wills offices were closed Monday.

According to the Talbot County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office website, the clerk’s office will be closed on Tuesday as well. All inperson court cases will be postponed, but virtual hearings will be held as scheduled.

The South Wing of the Courthouse, including the offices of Administra­tive Services, County Council Office, County Manager’s Office, County Attorney’s Office and Informatio­n Technology, will be open as normal.

 ?? CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO ?? A worker from Royal Plus Disaster Kleenup brings equipment into the Talbot County Courthouse.
CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO A worker from Royal Plus Disaster Kleenup brings equipment into the Talbot County Courthouse.
 ?? CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO ?? Water covers the carpets in the Talbot County Courthouse.
CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO Water covers the carpets in the Talbot County Courthouse.

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