Fire destroyed a section of the Mandeville Parish Court early Thursday morning, and cases that should have been heard had to be rescheduled.
It is understood that the fire started after 4 a.m. in the judge’s chambers and did significant damage to the upper floor of the Georgian-styled two-story structure.
Luckily, the records office downstairs was spared, with the only damaged caused by the water that used to out the flames.
Firefighters are now investigating the cause of the fire and the damage that was done to the building, which is a designated national heritage site.
According to Court Management Services, individuals who had matters that should have been heard on Thursday must contact the court on Friday for new hearing dates.