Mobile County officials say the cleanup of a roof and building fire at Mobile Government Plaza has begun. Nancy Johnson, Director of Public Affairs and Community Service, told Fox10News in an email Saturday the blaze also caused water and smoke damage to the 8th floor.
“This is a setback for us but it will have very little impact on the timetable for completion of the project,” said Mobile County Commission President Connie Hudson. She said the damage should be covered entirely by the contractor’s insurance company.
One of the major questions is whether or not the damage will force the closing of the courts on Monday. The Circuit Courts, Jury Assembly Room and the Law Library are all located on the north tower’s 8th floor.
“Mobile County officials have called in private contractors to start an aggressive cleanup of the area and will meet with court officials Sunday afternoon to determine whether there will be a partial closure of Government Plaza and how it will affect the citizens called for jury duty each week,” said Johnson. “A 4 p.m. news conference has been called for Sunday afternoon in the atrium of Government Plaza to update the public.”
Johnson said the Mobile Fire Department responded to the two-alarm fire at 3:21 a.m. after smoke alarms were triggered by the roof fire. Hot roof tar is suspected of starting the fire which blew out two 8th floor windows.
Interior damage, say county officials, is confined mainly to smoke and water damage. Damage estimates are still being made. Fox10News will continue to update this story and will have more on the fire at Fox10News at 9 p.m..