WALTHALL, Miss.—In the early morning hours Thursday the Webster County courthouse became a total loss after a fire swept through the structure.
“We know that the call came in about 2:20 a.m. this morning to 911,” said fire fighter Jimmy Forrester.
He says crews from several different counties and a truck from Starkville all responded and it was “all hands on deck.”
It seems the age of the structure played into its demise.
“The courthouse on the inside was made of timber and built in 1915. That definitely didn’t help [stop the fire],” he added.
As for the structure, it’s not looking good for the future.
Forrester added, “We know the court house is a total loss.”
What isn’t known right now is the extent of damage done to records on the inside of the building. Forrester says officials were taking records out of the damaged building around 8 a.m. this morning just after crews stopped fighting the flames finally.
It seems to be a wait and see kind of deal for what is still left in the building unharmed
“We do not know at this time what caused the fire. We should have more information by tomorrow [Friday].”
The only thing that is known now is that it was started in the south end of the court house.