Local News

SBI files report on Chatham courthouse fire

Posted May 11, 2010 5:23 p.m. EDT

— The state Bureau of Investigation has completed its report on the fire that gutted the Chatham County Courthouse March 25.

District Attorney Jim Woodall said his office got the report on Tuesday, but he would likely not have a chance to review it until next week.

Woodall has said there is no indication that criminal activity led to the blaze. The report is expected to clarify the moments immediately before and after the historic building caught fire.

Investigators have determined that the fire was accidentally started by a contractor using a soldering torch. Crews were working on a $415,000 exterior renovation of the 129-year-old courthouse.