Get the facts and watch video of the 20 May 2009 Courthouse Fire in Madison, Indiana. Within hours, rumors and eyewitness stories filled the city. The historic Jefferson County Courthouse was the centerpiece of our downtown district and the loss was felt by all who love Madison. In July 2009, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners met with architectural firms being considered to design plans to rebuild the Courthouse.
Video from the Madison Courier
Video from Miltown Fire & Rescue
Another Video of the Courthouse Fire
Here are the basic facts according to Wikipedia:
On May 20, 2009, the newly painted dome of the Jefferson County Courthouse caught fire. The blaze started around 6:15 pm. Smoke billowed hundreds of feet in the air and flames rose out of the clock tower. The fire continued to burn for hours. Fire officials reported that the fire was tentatively under control just before 9:45 pm. No major injuries were reported. The dome of the courthouse was being painted in celebration of Madison’s bicentennial. On May 28, 2009, the dome was removed from the top of the courthouse in two pieces. They were examined in the alley between the Courthouse and the Jefferson County Jail. Authorities have stated that the cause of the fire was a contractor soldering two pieces of copper together, which caught a wooden part of the dome on fire.
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