Feb 3, 2015 12:04 PM

Concord courthouse reopens after fire causes damage

The Associated Press

CONCORD - A courthouse in New Hampshire's capital is open again following a weekend fire in a conference room.

The Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord is fully staffed and all hearings will be held. Court spokeswoman Carole Alfano said there is no counter service because of water damage in the lobby, but filings are still being accepted.

A fire alarm went off shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday, when the building was closed and secure. Fire officials said damage was contained to the first-floor room that contained vending machines. There was smoke and water damage to other parts of the building.

No files or court records were damaged.

The cause is still being investigated, but officials initially said it appears to be accidental.


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