Madison, IN Jefferson County Courthouse Fire, May 2009

Jefferson County Court House, Madison, Indiana 1950s

Less than three weeks before the city of Madison is scheduled to celebrate its 200th birthday, one of its most historic buildings was severely damaged by a fire that started Wednesday evening and burned into early today.

At 6:13 p.m., the Madison Fire Department responded to a report of flames and smoke coming from the dome and cupola of the 154-year-old Jefferson County Courthouse.

Madison Fire Chief Steve Horton estimated nearly 200 firefighters and support crews from Madison and surrounding communities responded to the fire.

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Firefighters remained at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Madison early Thursday watching for hotspots after flames and smokes engulfed the 154-year-old building, a police dispatcher said.

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Articles from the Madison Courier

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