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June 16, 2014

Smoked courthouse

— Athens firefighters rushed to the temporary Limestone County Courthouse about 2:30 p.m. Monday after one of four air-conditioning units on the roof burned up, sending smoke into the courthouse and forcing occupants outside. No one was injured. Limestone County Courthouse security officer Maggie Settle noticed the smoke and notified occupants. The building’s smoke detectors did not activate.

Firefighters used powerful fans to evacuate smoke from the temporary courthouse so employees could re-enter the building. Brian Moore, president of Martin & Cobey Construction Co., the building contractor that renovated the former Better Living building on South Jefferson Street for use as judicial facilities, said the city had replaced a transformer outside the building Monday morning after an air-conditioner failed. He said the AC unit might have overheated trying to cool the building.

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