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Investigation underway into fire at Manchester Parish Courthouse

Kaddish Fletcher, the Acting Director of Client Services, Communication and Information at Court Management Services and Mayor of Mandeville Donovan Mitchell

 

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of Thursday morning's fire at the Manchester Parish Courthouse.

The fire, which started shortly before 4 o'clock, was contained to the upper floor of the building, however, the extent of the damage is not known.

“The fire was on the second floor of the building, it was confined to a judge’s chamber. The fire department arrived on the scene quickly and they were able to contain it to that section of the building,” said Kaddish Fletcher, the Acting Director of Client Services, Communication and Information at Court Management Services.

According to Fletcher, she was not aware of the extent of the damage, adding that all court cases set for today will be adjourned. She went on to encourage persons with matters set for today to contact the court for an update on when those matters will be rescheduled. 

“We will allow the fire department to conduct their assessment. We have significant water damage, so that area has to be cleaned up,” she said. 

Damage from the fire has been estimated at $35 million.

One of the major cases being heard at that courthouse is the $400 million fraud case involving the Manchester Municipal Corporation, which is slated to continue on Friday. 

Relocation 
 
Mayor of Mandeville Donovan Mitchell has given an update on the plans to relocate the court from the more than 200 year-old building.
 
The courthouse is a heritage site.
 
Mr. Mitchell said lands have been identified and discussions are underway. 
 
He was speaking Thursday on the Power 106 programme, Morning Agenda
 

 

 



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