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Fireplace destroys 111-12 months-old Texas courthouse in Mason County

A large fireplace ruined an 111-12 months-previous Texas courthouse Thursday night time.

The Mason County Courthouse, about two hours north of San Antonio, erupted into flames around 10:15 p.m., according to Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden, who spoke to the KXAN Information Friday early morning. All that was still left in the constructing have been the rock outer walls, he mentioned.

“It’s a terrible tragedy for the individuals below in the county,” Bearden instructed the tv station. “Suitable now, it is really just a shell. It just breaks your heart to search at it.”

Check out a video clip of the fire from Abundant C Klein.

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Bearden advised the Connected Press hearth investigators think arson was the trigger in equally the courthouse fire and one more blaze to a house about a mile away. According to KXAN, legislation enforcement officials have a suspect in custody they feel begun the fireplace.

No a single was in the building for the duration of the time of the hearth. A great deal of the interior home furnishings and county records were being moved out prior to the unexpected fire owing to the courthouse set to have reservations in Could, in accordance to Mason County Information.

Even so, the inside, the roof, the bell tower, and a 150-calendar year-outdated clock were being destroyed in the flames, alongside with antique furnishings.

Priscilla Aguirre is a basic assignment reporter for MySA.com | [email protected] | @CillaAguirre