November 19, 2018
Updated May 6 at 12:08 p.m.

Oscoda County Courthouse destroyed by fire Wednesday night

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MIO — The Oscoda County Courthouse, which was erected in 1888, was destroyed by fire May 4.

Oscoda County Sheriff Kevin Grace said dispatch was contacted by a nearby resident who spotted smoke at around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. He said the cause of the fire was unknown Wednesday night, but it appeared to have originated on the top floor of the structure, which previously served as the county’s courtroom but is now primarily used for storage.

“We initially went in through the front door, and the officers first on scene started up the stairs and were overtaken by smoke and saw some flames coming from the old courtroom area,” Grace said.

Firefighters from the Tri-Town Fire Department, Fairview Fire Department, Luzerne Fire Department, Greenwood Township Fire Department and Grayling Fire Department were battling the blaze into Thursday morning.

The scene was cleared by firefighters at around 3:30 a.m. May 5, although law enforcement remained on scene into Thursday afternoon. The state fire marshal arrived at around 11 a.m.

There were no injuries reported in the fire.

“The stairs leading upstairs appear to be pretty well intact,” Grace told the Herald May 5. “The walls are still intact. As far as the water damage and burn damage, that’ll have to be assessed by the adjusters and everybody else involved. Obviously I’m still worried about the steeple as far as a safety concern, so as soon as we can address that we would like to.”

He said the community stepped up to support emergency personnel as well.

“I did see citizens around the area offering up coffee and snacks to some of the first responders,” Grace said. “I think it just shows the support that the community has and how appreciative they are of the services that were provided and trying to look out for the first responders’ well-being. I’m very impressed, very humbled to know what a great job everybody did from this community.”

The Herald will provide more information as it becomes available.

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