September 10, 2013

Fire breaks out in Laurel County Judicial Center

By Carol Mills
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A  new building that opened in May 2010 and cost $23.7 million to build was on fire Thursday evening.

London Fire Department Chief Larry Vanhook said an air-condition unit on third floor (Laurel District Court) apparently shorted out, started smoldering, and then eventually caught on fire, setting an alarm off to the London-Laurel County Communications Center. The LFD was immediately on the scene and quickly put out the fire with extinguishers after the power was shut off. The air-condition unit above the entrance to Drug Court was the one on fire.

Engines No. 2, 3, and 4 were on hand in front of the building in case they were needed.

Although the fire started at 6:10 p.m. firefighters were on the scene for four hours trying to fan out the smoke and to keep the smoke from traveling to the fourth floor to the Circuit Court room.

“The building has concrete ceilings and concrete floors so the fire couldn’t go anywhere,” Vanhook said. “But the problem is there are no windows. This is a big building and it’s time consuming getting the smoke out.”

Vanhook said the official cause of the fire has not been determined.