We spoke with Jimmy Forester, one of the many firefighters who responded to the blaze.
"The call came in about 2:30 to 911," he said.
That's when the first fire units were dispatched. But, many more would respond to help save the 100-year-old structure. Fire trucks from surrounding counties, including the Starkville area, eventually came, with the hope that important records could be salvaged.
Officials say that some paper records obviously did not make it out of the fire. But, others kept in vaults are safe. Computer records are also believed to be safe.
What is not safe is the morale of the community and those who worked in the courthouse. Some with whom we spoke were saddened to lose a building that has been there since before nearly all of the residents of the county were born.